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contractnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒn.trækt/  us   /ˈkɑːn-/
B1 a legal document that states and explains a formal agreement between two different people or groups, or the agreement itself: a contract of employment a temporary/building contract They could take legal action against you if you break (the terms of) the contract. My solicitor is drawing up (= writing) a contract. Don't sign/enter into any contract before examining its conditions carefully. [+ to infinitive] They're the firm of architects who won the contract to design the National Museum extension.be under contract to have formally agreed to work for a company or person on a stated job for a stated period of time
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contractverb

uk   us   /kənˈtrækt/

contract verb (SHORTEN)

[I or T] to make or become shorter or narrower or generally smaller: In spoken English, "do not" often contracts to "don't". As it cooled, the metal contracted.

contract verb (BECOME ILL)

C2 [T] formal to catch or become ill with a disease: He contracted malaria while he was travelling.

contract verb (AGREEMENT)

C2 [I or T] to make a legal agreement with someone to do work or to have work done for you: [+ to infinitive] They have just contracted our company to build shelters for the homeless.
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