- contract labor,
- contract of employment,
- contract out,
- contract practice,
- contracted kidney,
- contracted pelvis,
- contractile vacuole
Origin of contracted
- a commitment by the declarer and his or her partner to take six tricks plus the number specified by the final bid made.
- the final bid itself.
- the number of tricks so specified, plus six.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of contract
Examples from the Web for contracted
He contracted pneumonia, but he recovered and returned to demonstrating.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Despite intimate, long flights with Ebola patients, many of whom are very sick, no one at Phoenix has contracted the disease.The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix.|Abby Haglage|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet none of his family members, one of whom was sleeping in the same bed as him, contracted the disease.
A turning point came some 25 years ago, when her close friend Carol contracted ovarian cancer.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation|Nick Tabor|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And Sherriff and baby Agnes had passed the 21 days incubation period, proving they had not contracted Ebola.
Common enough names, too, were clipped or contracted 145 in English fashion.Old New England Traits|Anonymous
The diseases they contracted on the passage, and their deaths in the seasoning, all made for the same doctrine.The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the|Thomas Clarkson
The tempted man entered this contracted and low apartment with the lamp in his hand.Freaks of Fortune|Oliver Optic
You say he contracted to pay the price he is paying; yes; but I maintain that he was induced to do so by fraud.Seven Men|Max Beerbohm
Hers had been one of those loveless matches which are contracted in the customary business fashion.Atlantis|Gerhart Hauptmann
- (in the bidding sequence before play) the highest bid, which determines trumps and the number of tricks one side must try to make
- the number and suit of these tricks
- a criminal agreement to kill a particular person in return for an agreed sum of money
- (as modifier)a contract killing
Word Origin for contract
c.1600, "agreed upon," also "shrunken, shortened," past participle adjective from contract (v.).
late 14c., "make narrow, draw together;" early 15c. "make an agreement;" from Middle French contracter, from Latin contractus, past participle of contrahere "to draw together, combine, make an agreement" (see contract (n.)). Related: Contracted; contracting.
early 14c., from Old French contract (Modern French contrat), from Latin contractus "a contract, agreement," from past participle of contrahere "to draw together," metaphorically, "to make a bargain," from com- "together" (see com-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)). U.S. underworld sense of "arrangement to kill someone" first recorded 1940.
A legally binding agreement between two or more parties.