contractor

noun

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)
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 city, located between a Chevron refinery, a sewage plant, and Los Angeles International Airport, was once home to contractors building parts for planes, rockets and missiles. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2024 The New York Times corroborated the images and spoke to contractors at the site who said they had been hired to build a 16-foot-high concrete wall around a five-square-kilometer patch of land near the border. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 The organization, a non-governmental human rights group made up of activists, researchers and journalists, said that two local contractors told them that it was commissioned by the Egyptian armed forces. Paul P. Murphy, CNN, 15 Feb. 2024 The aerospace defense contractor earns about a quarter of its revenue from its F-35 production program, the report says. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 This ought to mean contractors that can offer this feature to developers may win more business. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 There was an empty police car outside the main gate, but no matter — I was directed to another gate about a mile away, near the satellite parking for the dozen or so SUVs belonging to contractors and other employees. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 13 Feb. 2024 San Clemente officials told the contractor, Manson Construction, that the quality of material was unacceptable, and Manson suspended work there in January. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 The sprawling conglomerate, best known outside Japan for its Family Mart chain of convenience stores, said its aviation unit will cut ties with Elbit Systems, which bills itself as Israel’s largest defense contractor, by the end of February. Juliana Liu, CNN, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Contractor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contractor. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

contractor

noun
con·​trac·​tor ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər How to pronounce contractor (audio) kən-ˈtrak- How to pronounce contractor (audio)
: one that enters into a contract
especially : a person who contracts to perform work or provide supplies at a certain price or within a certain time
building contractor

Medical Definition

contractor

noun
con·​trac·​tor ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər How to pronounce contractor (audio) kən-ˈ How to pronounce contractor (audio)
: something (as a muscle) that contracts or shortens

Legal Definition

contractor

noun
con·​trac·​tor ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər, kən-ˈtrak- How to pronounce contractor (audio)
: 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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