–noun 1. an agreement between two or more parties for the doing or not doing of something specified. 2. an agreement enforceable by law. 3. the written form of such an agreement. 4. the division of law dealing with contracts. 5. Also called contract bridge. a variety of bridge in which the side that wins the bid can earn toward game only that number of tricks named in the contract, additional points being credited above the line. Compare auction bridge. 6. (in auction or contract bridge) a. a commitment by the declarer and his or her partner to take six tricks plus the number specified by the final bid made. b. the final bid itself. c. the number of tricks so specified, plus six. 7. the formal agreement of marriage; betrothal. 8. Slang. an arrangement for a hired assassin to kill a specific person. –adjective 9. under contract; governed or arranged by special contract: a contract carrier. –verb (used with object) 10. to draw together or into smaller compass; draw the parts of together: to contract a muscle. 11. to wrinkle: to contract the brows. 12. to shorten (a word, phrase, etc.) by combining or omitting some of its elements: Contracting “do not” yields “don't.” 13. to get or acquire, as by exposure to something contagious: to contract a disease. 14. to incur, as a liability or obligation: to contract a debt. 15. to settle or establish by agreement: to contract an alliance. 16. to assign (a job, work, project, etc.) by contract: The publisher contracted the artwork. 17. to enter into an agreement with: to contract a free-lancer to do the work. 18. to enter into (friendship, acquaintance, etc.). 19. to betroth. –verb (used without object) 20. to become drawn together or reduced in compass; become smaller; shrink: The pupils of his eyes contracted in the light. 21. to enter into an agreement: to contract for snow removal. ―Verb phrase 22. contract out, to hire an outside contractor to produce or do. ―Idiom 23. put out a contract on, Slang. to hire or attempt to hire an assassin to kill (someone): The mob put out a contract on the informer.
1. to pierce or pass into or through: The bullet penetrated the wall. The fog lights penetrated the mist. 2. to enter the interior of: to penetrate a forest. 3. to enter and diffuse itself through; permeate. 4. to arrive at the truth or meaning of; understand; comprehend: to penetrate a mystery. 5. to obtain a share of (a market): to penetrate the Canadian coffee market. 6. to affect or impress (the mind or feelings) deeply. 7. to extend influence, usually peacefully, into the affairs of (another country). –verb (used without object) 8. to enter, reach, or pass through something, as by piercing: We penetrated to the interior of the Kasbah. 9. to be diffused through something. 10. to understand or read the meaning of something. 11. to have a deep effect or impact on someone.
precipitate –verb (used with object) 1. to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly: to precipitate an international crisis