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a. An agreement between two or more parties, especially one that is written and enforceable by law.
b. The writing or document containing such an agreement.
2. The branch of law dealing with formal agreements between parties.
3. Marriage as a formal agreement; betrothal.
4. Games
a. The last and highest bid of a suit in one hand in bridge.
b. The number of tricks thus bid.
c. Contract bridge.
5. A paid assignment to murder someone: put out a contract on the mobster's life.
v. (kən-trăkt′, kŏn′trăkt′) con·tract·ed, con·tract·ing, con·tracts
1. To enter into by contract; establish or settle by formal agreement: contract a marriage.
2. To acquire or incur: contract obligations; contract a serious illness.
a. To reduce in size by drawing together; shrink.
b. To pull together; wrinkle.
4. Grammar To shorten (a word or words) by omitting or combining some of the letters or sounds, as do not to don't.
1. To enter into or make an agreement: contract for garbage collection.
2. To become reduced in size by or as if by being drawn together: The pupils of the patient's eyes contracted.

[Middle English, from Latin contractus, past participle of contrahere, to draw together, make a contract : com-, com- + trahere, to draw.]

con·tract′i·bil′i·ty n.
con·tract′i·ble adj.
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Noun1.contracting - becoming infected; "catching cold is sometimes unavoidable"; "the contracting of a serious illness can be financially catastrophic"
acquiring, getting - the act of acquiring something; "I envied his talent for acquiring"; "he's much more interested in the getting than in the giving"
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[kənˈtræktɪŋ] ADJ contracting partycontratante mf
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It was stipulated between the contracting parties that the manufactory of Coldspring should engage to transport to Tampa Town, in southern Florida, the necessary materials for casting the Columbiad.
They who make laws may, without doubt, amend or repeal them; and it will not be disputed that they who make treaties may alter or cancel them; but still let us not forget that treaties are made, not by only one of the contracting parties, but by both; and consequently, that as the consent of both was essential to their formation at first, so must it ever afterwards be to alter or cancel them.
Alert, dilating and contracting, as swift as cautious, and infinitely apprehensive, the pupils vertically slitted in jet into the midmost of amazing opals of greenish yellow, the eyes roved the room.
Only the tail lashed back and forth, and only the eyes gleamed like jewels in the full light of the window they faced, the vertical pupils contracting to scarcely perceptible black slits.
But it is one thing, to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off .
Best Practices Tips: Companies that intend to rely on the insurance of a contracting party must: (a) develop minimum limit requirements that evaluate a realistic loss scenario; and (b) ask not only for the certificate of insurance but also obtain representations regarding: (i) the number of other additional insureds that may have access to the subject policy; and (ii) the level of limit erosion, if any, for the insurance policy that is being offered.
Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the House Governmental Affairs Committee, has long advocated the need for contracting reform.
While the Federal Trade Commission has negotiated and accepted numerous consent orders involving illegal conduct regarding physician contracting and anti-trust issues, this is the first antitrust physician case in over 20 years to be decided by a full hearing (trial) at the Federal Trade Commission.
But, as concluded by Susan Harvey in a recent article on contract management, "Ultimately the success or failure of a business relationship between a service contractor and the government rests on the back of the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR).
The projects are managed instead by Chugach's subsidiary companies--run by white contracting executives from offices in downtown Anchorage or in the Lower 48 states--or by Chugach's corporate partners--huge firms such as Lockheed Martin and Bechtel.
The VETS GWAC provides federal agencies pre-qualified industry partners in one easy-to-use contract vehicle and will help them meet their SDVOB contracting goals of three percent of federal spending.
Sanger's book is concerned with the way contracting out is affecting traditional public welfare programs, non-profits and commercial providers in the new welfare market place.