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 next step will be to advertise for a firm to design the stations and also look for a general contractor, Knight said. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 4 May 2022 My wife works for a NASA contractor across the street from JSC. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, 10 Apr. 2022 Martin, who worked for a government contractor before his arrest following the riot, successfully argued that a US Capitol Police officer waved him into the building. Andrew Millman And Casey Gannon, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 Bidding for a contractor to build the East Anchorage shelter closed last month, and negotiations on a contract are underway, according to the city’s implementation update. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Mar. 2022 Harris told aldermen on the committee this week that after the litigation is fully finished, WAH Group has a contractor ready to remodel the building at 35 N. Broadway within 12 weeks. Steve Lord,, 10 Mar. 2022 Among the other investors in the boat is Ron Castellano, who described himself as an architect, developer and contractor. New York Times, 21 Jan. 2022 Owens, a former developer and contractor, said commissioners wouldn’t be deciding the matter at Tuesday’s meeting, but noted that migrant flows into the area had not slowed. Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2021 Bribery case at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph has a major defense contractor under scrutiny If convicted, Chacon could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each count. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of contractor

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of contractor was in 1548

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8 May 2022

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“Contractor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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