- 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
Synonyms for contract
Antonyms for contract
Related Words for contractingdecline, consume, reduce, decrease, narrow, shrink, weaken, buy, owe, negotiate, settle, undertake, agree, develop, acquire, obtain, incur, abbreviate, ebb, wane
Examples from the Web for contracting
Contemporary Examples of contracting
As the New York Times writes, the risk of contracting Ebola in this country remains "vanishingly small."The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola
November 20, 2014
But it is unfounded fear by an American public at minimal risk of contracting the illness that is confounding those efforts.Quarantine Turns Ebola Heroes Into Pariahs
October 28, 2014
The military maintains that the risk of contracting the virus is minimal.U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training
October 17, 2014
For the overwhelming majority of people in this country, the likelihood of contracting it is fleetingly small.Parents’ Ebola Panic Is Taking Over My Clinic
October 15, 2014
What remains unclear is just how many women McFarland may have knowingly put in danger of contracting HIV.Alabama Church Says HIV-Positive Preacher Slept With Flock
Matthew Paul Turner
October 10, 2014
Historical Examples of contracting
He must think of himself as an expanding being, not as a contracting one.The Conquest of Fear
Imagination has a contracting, as well as an expansive faculty.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
A tree, contracting in the cool of the night, made a loud noise.White Fang
The only certain means of curing them consists in not contracting them.The Sexual Question
I may be contracting an engagement which cannot be, consistent with its principles, fulfilled.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
- (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
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.