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contract
as in:  legal contract


She signed the contract.
  an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
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contract contracts contracting contracted
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Contract has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • She signed the contract.
  • A lot of people get into trouble by signing contracts they don’t understand.
  • In rare instances, a consumer can cancel a signed contract during a "cooling off" period, but this is limited to a situation where a door-to-door salesperson dropped in uninvited. In that instance, the "cooling off" period lasts three days.
  • Since the school was so shorthanded, they offered me a one-year contract.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed

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  • All our contracts are oral, but we deliver what we promise.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • At the beginning of summer, in a moment of weakness, Flora had made the mistake of signing a contract that said she would "work to turn her face away from the idiotic high jinks of comics and toward the bright light of true literature."
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • S’pose he contracted to do a thing, and you paid him, and didn’t set down there and see that he done it—what did he do?
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Be it known to you that as I made my journey towards your house to perform the contract of marriage between me and your daughter Aravis Tarkheena,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • Rob, with his natural grace and ability, was already talking of college scholarships and NBA contracts.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • Maybe you haven’t read the latest contracts I sent in.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis

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  • ...just like you get contracts to cut wood.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • He broke his contract with the Circle, and he violated our trust.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Well, this here fella’s got a contract to pick them peaches or chop that cotton.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • They signed a contract.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • ...he signed the contract...
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The contract you signed—everything in it still stands.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • My contract expires in June. ... We will stay through July to help welcome the Reverend and Mrs. Minor when they 
    come.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • according to the terms of the contract
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • I expect you to do your best to fulfill your part of the contract.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • A contract of true love
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • It did not occur to them to run away once they were in America, for they were honorable people and they had signed the contract.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • But I guess the contract we signed is full of loopholes?
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Couldn’t sign a contract because I was underage, and my momma, your grandma, wouldn’t sign for me.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • —Upon a true contract I got possession of Julietta’s bed:
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • It is in my contract.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • This outfit signed a contract for a twenty-five hour week.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Soon the contract between us will be void.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Anyway, this contract cannot be broken.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • I might have a shot at a recording contract.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • His grandfather had come from the Punjab in India to work on the railway as a contract labourer.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • SHE WAS A NATURAL—BORN CYNIC WHO LIVED IN DEFIANCE OF CONTRACTS!
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • "Remember the contract!" her mother shouted.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • He had no intention of ever honoring the contract he agreed to during the Circle Justice meetings.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • After that, I’m under contract through June of next year.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Do not forget the contract!
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • In Circle Justice, you sign a healing contract.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • He was a United Nations expert of some sort who hadn’t wanted to go back to India and had stayed on doing odd jobs after his contract had expired.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Those were the exact words of the contract.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • …and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • When he had worked out his contract he had settled on the coast and become a market money-lender, lending twenty or thirty shillings a time to stall-keepers in the market who ran short and depended on these small loans to buy their goods.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • He was talking about the Domain; and for us in the town the Domain had remained only a source of contracts.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • We judged traders by their coups, the contracts they landed, the agencies they picked up.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Cole, would you please tell us why you have broken your contract with the Circle?
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Everyone in uniform has to feel that he has a personal contract with the President.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • What matters is that Cole broke his contract with the Circle, and now it’s time for him to pay.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Sometimes there was a ceremonial coming and going at the barracks—the palace built by the great man of our community, which now had women’s washing hung out in the partitioned verandahs upstairs and downstairs (a Greek had the laundry contract for the soldiers’ uniforms ).
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • It was a family restaurant, and it served the short-contract men who were working on various government projects in our region—the Domain, the airport, the water supply system, the hydroelectric station.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • They withdrew my contract.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • He had a way with officials and was good at getting government contracts...
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • It’s finally here, and he’s already signed another contract.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
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