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 has a number of tasks still needing completion before the road can close and construction can begin., "Portland metro Tuesday traffic: Cornelius Pass Road closure target date moved to July 15," 2 July 2019 Officials at Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for the Orion program, have hailed the White House’s plans, and said Tuesday’s test cleared a major hurdle. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, "NASA completes key test on Orion, the spacecraft Trump wants take astronauts to the moon," 2 July 2019 Beginning In the middle of May, the contractors began covering the wall in a layer of Shotcrete, a sprayable concrete product. Cameron Knight,, "Downtown mural covered in concrete, owner says wall had to be secured," 2 July 2019 The state’s lawsuit claims 20 violations of state law, including that neither the owner of the property nor the contractor posted signs warning of asbestos, as required by law. Luke Broadwater,, "State sues owner of historic West Baltimore asylum, alleging illegal demolition spread asbestos into air," 2 July 2019 The contractor connected West 62nd Place to the parking lot. Eric Heisig,, "Cleveland engineer at center of 2017 City Hall raid pleads guilty to extortion, tax charges," 1 July 2019 The cost ballooned to $41.8 million before the district finally fired the contractor — after paying an additional $5 million in go-away money, the grand jury said. Phil Matier,, "$600 to wash a car that never got washed: Oakland schools’ ‘broken culture’," 30 June 2019 Also, ensure that the contractor is licensed by checking with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation at or call 800-803-9202. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Air conditioning maintenance hot topic this time of year," 30 June 2019 General Atomics is the contractor that operates the DIII-D program, which is a U.S. Department of Energy project. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A ‘significant leap’ in experiments at nuclear fusion project based at General Atomics," 28 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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