What does contract mean?

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  1. An agreement between two or more parties, to perform a specific job or work order, often temporary or of fixed duration and usually governed by a written agreement.
  2. (law) An agreement which the law will enforce in some way. A legally binding contract must contain at least one promise, i.e., a commitment or offer, by an offeror to and accepted by an offeree to do something in the future. A contract is thus executory rather than executed.
  3. (law) A part of legal studies dealing with laws and jurisdiction related to contracts.
  4. (informal) An order, usually given to a hired assassin, to kill someone.
  5. (bridge) The declarer's undertaking to win the number of tricks bid with a stated suit as trump.
  1. (obsolete) Contracted; affianced; betrothed.
  2. (obsolete) Not abstract; concrete.
  1. (transitive) To draw together or nearer; to shorten, narrow, or lessen.
  2. (grammar) To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one.
  3. (transitive) To enter into a contract with. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  4. (transitive) To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for.
  5. (intransitive) To make an agreement or contract; to covenant; to agree; to bargain.
  6. (transitive) To bring on; to incur; to acquire.
  7. (transitive) To gain or acquire (an illness).
  8. To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit.
  9. To betroth; to affiance.
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