con·trac·tor | \ sense 1 is usually ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər, sense 2 is usually kən-ˈtrak- \

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

One closed session on Dec. 18, 2017, involved discussions with staff about negotiations with bus contractors. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford school board takes 'corrective action' after violating open meetings law," 13 July 2018 Reformation’s contractor requested a two-week window, the weeks of July 16 and 23, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the closures. David Ibata, ajc, "Woodstock streets to close for brewery work," 13 July 2018 Brown said the bids were reviewed but contractors were unsure of the demolition price because of potential asbestos issues. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Vacant dance hall in New Chicago destroyed by fire, putting plans for development on hold," 13 July 2018 Defense contractors rallied after President Donald Trump pressed allies at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting to double their military spending targets. Akane Otani, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Rise, Post Weekly Gains," 13 July 2018 Home to the 8th Army Division since last summer and currently to about 27,000 troops, contractors and dependents, the new garrison is about twice as far from the inter-Korean border as the old headquarters at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul. Time, "Inside Camp Humphreys, South Korea: America's Largest Overseas Military Base," 13 July 2018 The marshals service reimburses the District $122 a day for each federal prisoner that the jail or contractors such as halfway houses hold. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, "An alleged murder by absconding inmate prompts relocation of D.C. Jail prisoners to Virginia," 13 July 2018 Toptal: Like these other similar sites, Toptal has many contractors who want to bid on the projects offered there. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, "Get your gig: Here are the 9 best sites to visit for freelance or contract work," 12 July 2018 As a result, owners have to pay their employees, vendors and contractors with cash. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "What Michigan needs to learn from Colorado's legalized marijuana," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of contractor

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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, kən-ˈ \

Medical Definition of contractor 

: something (as a muscle) that contracts or shortens


con·trac·tor | \ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər, kən-ˈtrak- \

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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