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 gig economy, as explained by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is activity where people earn income providing on-demand work and services or goods, and a gig worker is often defined as an independent contractor or freelancer. Camille Fetter, Forbes, 2 May 2022 When that didn’t work, the sheriff’s office contacted Hayes, an independent livestock contractor, to get the job done, the arrest report states. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 The judge provides examples of hardships, including working on commission, working on tips, being an independent contractor, or not getting paid by their employer for their public service. Kathy Laskowski,, 5 Apr. 2022 Weil’s views on independent-contractor status ultimately settled Kelly’s decision. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2022 There are exceptions, such as if the person injured is an independent contractor or a third-party non-employee is blamed for the mishap. NBC News, 22 Oct. 2021 The next step will be to advertise for a firm to design the stations and also look for a general contractor, Knight said. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 4 May 2022 My wife works for a NASA contractor across the street from JSC. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, 10 Apr. 2022 Martin, who worked for a government contractor before his arrest following the riot, successfully argued that a US Capitol Police officer waved him into the building. Andrew Millman And Casey Gannon, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Contractor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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