contractor

noun
con·​trac·​tor | \ sense 1 is usually ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər How to pronounce contractor (audio) , sense 2 is usually kən-ˈtrak- How to pronounce contractor (audio) \

Definition of contractor

1 : one that contracts or is party to a contract: such as
a : one that contracts to perform work or provide supplies
b : one that contracts to erect buildings
2 : something (such as a muscle) that contracts or shortens

Examples of contractor in a Sentence

They hired a contractor to remodel the kitchen.

Recent Examples on the Web

The company currently employs 14 full-time employees with a network of about 30 contractors. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What I Wear to Work: Carly Leahy, Co-Founder of Modern Fertility," 8 Apr. 2019 Be leery of contractors who are willing to work without permits! Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "Here Are The 8 Interview Questions To Ask A Potential Contractor," 26 Dec. 2018 The Charlotte Observer reported Dowless was paid as a contractor by the Harris campaign. Dylan Scott, Vox, "There’s something very weird going on with this North Carolina House election," 30 Nov. 2018 Lockheed Martin, one of six contractors NASA has approached to provide transportation to Mars, recently revealed a concept of a large spacecraft equipped with habitats and amenities to support human's all the way to the fourth planet. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Lockheed Martin Unveils Spacecraft 'RV' for Human Trips to Mars," 20 Aug. 2018 Since, though, he has been involved primarily as a contractor in many LNG developments throughout the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia, and most recently Russia's Arctic Yamal project. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Veteran industry engineer questions aspects of Alaska LNG plans," 6 July 2018 First was life as a military contractor, often working for DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Scott Kirsner, BostonGlobe.com, "After viral YouTube fame, Boston Dynamics is ready to sell its robots," 6 July 2018 Other for-profit providers include General Dynamics, best known as a defense contractor. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "Here's how much taxpayers are spending to house unaccompanied immigrants," 2 July 2018 Winner, a former Air Force linguist, was working as a contractor for the NSA at Ft. Jenny Jarvie, latimes.com, "Reality Winner, the ex-NSA contractor accused of leaking secrets, pleads guilty," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of contractor

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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contractor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of contractor

: a person who is hired to perform work or to provide goods at a certain price or within a certain time

contractor

noun
con·​trac·​tor | \ ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər How to pronounce contractor (audio) , kən-ˈ How to pronounce contractor (audio) \

Medical Definition of contractor

: something (as a muscle) that contracts or shortens

contractor

noun
con·​trac·​tor | \ ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər, kən-ˈtrak- How to pronounce contractor (audio) \

Legal Definition of contractor

: one that contracts: as
a : one that contracts to perform work or provide supplies
b : one that contracts to erect buildings

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