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 Now, though, one of those original plaintiffs has joined with a Salem electrical contractor to seek class-action status for their case. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "State’s fund for Black Oregonians suspends grants, faces renewed legal challenge," 15 Dec. 2020 Nine employees at the plant, including three managers, were recently sent to quarantine after coming in contact with an infected contractor doing repairs. Bob Tita And Ben Foldy, WSJ, "Steel Orders Jump After Covid-19 Slowdown," 14 Dec. 2020 State transportation officials on Tuesday said the project’s costs have not changed, but Shaw said there haven’t been recent conversations with the contractor about the pandemic’s effects on the budget. Washington Post, "I-66 is expanding amid a pandemic, and toll lanes are two years away. Commuters already are seeing the changes.," 5 Dec. 2020 Some 44% of the victims were in the information technology sector, Microsoft said, while 27% were government or contractor targets. Charles Riley, CNN, "Regulators turned on Big Tech this week. Now for the good news," 18 Dec. 2020 The company manages compliance data for 75,000 contractor-subscribers in 85 countries, according to ISN. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Blackstone investment in ISN puts a $2 billion value on the Dallas tech firm," 17 Dec. 2020 City Council members Thursday approved amending a 2018 agreement with a joint venture between Skanska’s U.S. subsidiary and local contractor F.A. Nunnelly Co. to increase the group’s contract from $59.5 million to $75.1 million. Madison Iszler,, "Costs of turning former Frost HQ into city offices now tops $140 million," 17 Dec. 2020 In the latest round, the USDA awarded Michigan contractor Atlas Wholesale Food Company nearly 360,000 boxes to distribute to food banks throughout the state. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "As deadlines for COVID-19 help loom, Congress announces progress: How to get help.," 16 Dec. 2020 Metal Shark and the RTA's contractor Transdev then feuded over who was at fault for the problems for the better part of two years. Jessica Williams | Staff Writer,, "New Orleans' final Regional Transit Authority passenger ferry is now in service," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of contractor

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Contractor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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