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 is currently working on upgrades in 57 schools. Eder Campuzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Portland Public Schools struggles to find contractor for security upgrades in 31 schools," 14 Feb. 2020 Public works is reviewing the contractor’s safety plan for the project. Anna Bauman,, "Cal/OSHA investigating construction worker’s death in San Francisco," 10 Feb. 2020 Referrals to outside doctors from VA staff expire before appointments are made by the contractor. Christopher Quinn, ajc, "Delays in health care grow for Georgia military veterans," 7 Feb. 2020 Newsweek identified the contractor as Mark Frerichs of Illinois. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "US citizen kidnapped in Afghanistan," 6 Feb. 2020 The images were shared by Northrop Grumman, the prime contractor on the B-21 Raider program. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The B-21 Bomber Is the Coolest Plane We've Never Seen," 3 Feb. 2020 Key milestones are anticipated to be crossed in a few weeks, especially with the hiring of the general contractor, likely the largest contract to be awarded. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee native Lafayette Crump leads 2020 DNC diversity and inclusion effort," 31 Jan. 2020 Raimondo officials said only the private contractors operating the stores, not state employees, would directly handle marijuana products. Dan Adams,, "State-run marijuana stores? Proponents — including Rhode Island’s governor — say it’s an idea worth exploring," 24 Jan. 2020 The human-grade vaccine made by the German contractor contained the glycoprotein from a different Ebola Zaire strain. Helen Branswell, STAT, "‘Against all odds’: The inside story of how scientists across three continents produced an Ebola vaccine," 7 Jan. 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 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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