1 agreement, understanding, deal, bargain, arrangement, pact, commitment, obligation, compact:
We have just signed a contract to supply office equipment to a new electronics company.
2 engage, agree, promise, covenant, undertake:
Our company contracted to maintain the roads in this area.
3 catch, acquire, get, come down with, develop, become infected with, Brit go down with:
Eunice contracted diphtheria.
4 diminish, shrink, draw together, roll (oneself), narrow, squeeze, constrict, compress, condense, decrease, reduce:
When disturbed, the animal contracts itself into a ball.
5 wrinkle, knit, crease, corrugate, pucker:
His brow contracted into a frown.
1 written agreement
long-term, permanent | casual, fixed-term, short-term | three-year, two-year, etc. | formal, written | verbal | legal, valid | void
The contract was declared void.
| enforceable, unenforceable
| big, important, major | lucrative | business, commercial | employment, maintenance, research, service | catering, construction, haulage | marriage
VERB + CONTRACT
Many workers do not have written contracts.
| bid for, tender for
Eighteen companies are bidding for the contract.
| award (sb), give sb | get, win | lose
The firm lost the contract to a large London company.
She managed to negotiate a permanent contract with the firm.
| draw up, write | conclude, enter into, make, sign
He entered into a contract with his former employer.
| carry out, execute
the firm carrying out the construction contract
| cancel, end, repudiate
Either party can terminate the contract at any time.
| be subject to
The offer has been accepted, subject to contract (= the agreement is not legally binding before contracts are signed).
| be in breach of, break, violate
If you go on strike you will be in breach of contract.
(law) When a house is auctioned the successful bidder must exchange contracts immediately and pay a deposit.
CONTRACT + VERB
The contract expires at the end of next year.
| be worth sth
a series of major contracts worth millions of pounds
CONTRACT + NOUN
(= one on a fixed-term contract)
in a/the ~
They put a clause in the contract stipulating that the work should be finished by next month.
| on a ~
He's on a three-year fixed-term contract.
| under ~ (to)
At that stage of her career she was still under contract to one of the big Hollywood studios.
| under a/the ~
Under her contract of employment, Mrs Lee could not be required to work at a different site.
| ~ between
the contract between the employer and the employee
| ~ for
They won a contract for the delivery of five fighter planes.
| ~ with
Do you have a contract with your employer?
(a) breach of contract
The company is being sued for breach of contract.
| a contract of employment/sale
You should make sure that you have a formal contract of employment.
| the terms of a contract
By using cheaper materials, the company has broken the terms of its contract.
| under the terms of a contract
Under the terms of the contract the job should have been finished yesterday.
2 agreement to kill sb
VERB + CONTRACT
take out | have out
He has a contract out on you.
CONTRACT + NOUN
She took out a contract on her ex-husband.
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