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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First Known Use of contractor

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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“Contractor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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