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 contractor was briefly held for observation and released. Mark Schleifstein,, "A look at the 25 Rubicon accidental releases over 10 years that potentially exposed 130 workers," 3 Jan. 2021 Government watchdogs have criticized Boeing, the prime contractor, for poor performance and NASA for lax oversight. Washington Post, "2021 could be a huge year for space. Here’s what’s to come from NASA, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos.," 30 Dec. 2020 Andres Construction Services is the general contractor. Kimley Horn and City Centric Planning have also worked on the project. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "New senior community planned on part of Plano’s Haggard family land," 23 Dec. 2020 There is a lot to unpack in this deal, but perhaps the most notable thing from a spaceflight perspective is that Lockheed, the prime contractor for the Orion spacecraft, now also has a piece of NASA's Space Launch System rocket. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SN9 rolls to the launch pad, SLS “wet dress” test ends early," 23 Dec. 2020 The problems started when the contractor asked Flavio and his coworkers to smuggle nearly $50,000 across the border. Jonah Goldman Kay, The New Republic, "The Lethal Inequality on American Farms," 22 Dec. 2020 The contractor estimates up to 30% of attempts to use the system since early October in California are possible scammers who were blocked from filing a claim. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "California dropped its guard before it was hit with $2 billion in unemployment fraud," 21 Dec. 2020 In instances in which the contractor didn’t comply, Home Depot will perform an inspection for dust lead hazards and provide specialized cleanings. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Home Depot agrees to record $20 million fine over failure to follow lead paint guidelines," 17 Dec. 2020 But in 2018, Westinghouse, the lead contractor on the project that designed the reactors, went bankrupt, imperiling the future of the plant. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by API: Kerry spells out climate diplomacy aims," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of contractor

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Contractor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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


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


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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