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noun [countable] contract pronunciation in British English /ˈkɒntrækt/
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  1. 1
    legal a written legal agreement between two people or businesses that says what each must do for the other or give to the other
    After six months she was offered a contract of employment.
    The firm has won a £5 million contract to build ships for the navy.
    contract with: Our contract with the BBC expires next year.
    be on a contract (=have a contract to work for someone): Are you on a permanent or a fixed-term contract?
    be under (a) contract to someone/something (=have obligations as a result of a contract with them): She is still under contract to Microsoft.
    under a contract: Under his contract he is not allowed to work for any other publisher.
    be in breach of contract (=have done something the contract says you must not do): The court found that the company was in breach of contract.
    sign a contract: He has signed a six-year contract with Manchester United.
    subject to contract (=with no contract yet signed): The house has been sold subject to contract.
    award someone a contract: The contract for building the hospital has been awarded to a Dutch company.
  2. 2
    informal an agreement by which someone is paid to kill another person
    a contract killer/killing
    take out a contract on someone: She was accused of taking out a contract on her own husband.


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