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.

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Along with contractor Kratos Defense, the service test-flew the XQ-58A Valkyrie on March 5 at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Tests New “Loyal Wingman” Sidekick Drone for Combat," 7 Mar. 2019 Subcontractors are usually not hired until after the city awards the job to the prime contractor. Bill Turque, kansascity, "Engineer profits from city projects and sits on panel to vet them. Is that a problem?," 30 June 2018 Others targeted in the same recent Thrip campaign include a defense contractor and three telecoms operators in Southeast Asia. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "China-based hackers burrow inside satellite, defense, and telecoms firms," 20 June 2018 There are concerns that planned tent cities will rely on major defense contractors, The Daily Beast reported. Sarah Smith And Diane Smith, star-telegram, "Job postings offer clues to inner workings of facilities for immigrant children," 18 June 2018 Tessa, the daughter of Nicole's lead contractor Bobby Prothero, lost her battle to cancer in 2017. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "HGTV's Nicole Curtis Cut Over a Foot of Her Hair to Create Wigs for Children With Hair Loss," 11 Feb. 2019 Its drivers continue to lose important legal battles challenging their classification as independent contractors, but major markets like New York City are rewriting the rules to improve working conditions for drivers. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Uber," 29 Dec. 2018 The court disagreed and said Grubhub drivers are independent contractors, relieving Grubhub of providing any full-time employee benefits. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why some people don’t tip their Uber drivers," 8 Oct. 2018 The city's recycling contractor, Sonoco, could no longer find a home for the reusable waste — a problem seen nationwide, and in Charlotte, because the market for recyclables has collapsed. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte's recycling 'is broken.' Could your plastic, paper be headed for a landfill?," 2 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 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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