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contract out

To give a job or assignment to an outside entity (so as to avoid doing the job oneself). A noun or pronoun can be used between "contract" and "out" or after "out." We contracted the project out because no one on our staff has the time to scan all of those documents.
See also: contract, out

contract with (someone or something)

To agree with someone or a group to do something. No one on our staff has the time to scan all of those documents, so we'll contract with a company that can do it for us.
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contract something out

to make an agreement with someone to do a specific amount of work. (Rather than doing it oneself or in one's own place of business.) I will contract this out and have it done by consultants. I contracted out this kind of job the last time.
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contract with someone (for something)

 and contract (with someone) for something
to make an agreement with someone to produce or supply something, or to do something. I will have to contract with an expert for that part of the project. We contracted with a local builder for a new kitchen. Did you contract for plumbing work with Eric?
See also: contract

put a contract out on someone

[for an underworld character] to order someone to kill someone else. The mob put out a contract on some crook from Detroit.
See also: contract, on, out, put

contract out

To engage another person or company by contract to undertake some job that is typically considered part of one's business: Many companies contract out administrative tasks in order to concentrate on sales and marketing.
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It is impossible to ignore contractibility in choosing the content of the rule because we now know that the optimal substance for a rule will often be different for rules that are contractible than for those that are not.
Related with this finding of cross-regional invariance of outsourcing share among offshoring, Antras and Helpman (2008) suggest that limited contractibility may rather raise the share of outsourcing firms in South when contract incompleteness is especially severe for inputs provided by local suppliers, who should be given stronger incentives to mitigate underinvestment problems.
Patients were evaluated by one investigator; a severity scoring system was based on the subjects' ability to frown as follows: 0 = no muscle contractibility, 1 = minimal muscle contractibility, 2 = moderate muscle contractibility, and 3 = marked muscle contractibility.
Therefore, there are progressive alterations on the contractibility of the smooth muscles, resulting in a generalized reduction of the muscle response to the excitatory stimuli and the increase of the incidence of diarrhea
A randomized trial in patients with chronic venous insufficiency showed that horse chestnut seed extract improves contractibility of blood vessel walls, thereby improving circulation, reducing leakage through capillaries, and preventing edema compared with a control group.
The analysis in this paper provides the scaffolding for assessing the net burden of regulation, but the real heavy lifting requires a more detailed explication of the nature of and limits to contractibility in these markets.
Sheep, heifers and mares have a poor capacity to tolerate maternal malnutrition, which always causes low fetal birth weight, uterine contractibility, and increased perinatal mortality, and is associated with fetal hypoglycemia and hypoxemia etc (Jozwik et al.
Diniz points out that many people seem to find it difficult to understand that the vulva and vagina have contractibility and that "these tissues are able to distend for birth and contract afterwards".