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) \

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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Even if Genius has no copyright claim here, Google or its contractors copying from Genius still might be unfair from a competition standpoint. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "What the Google-Genius Copyright Dispute Is Really About," 18 June 2019 In response, Huawei brought a lawsuit in the U.S. this March challenging the constitutionality of a national security law which prevents the U.S. government and its contractors from using Huawei equipment. Time, "Huawei Founder Says Revenue Will Be Billions Below Forecast," 17 June 2019 The big platforms and their contractors routinely require moderators to sign non-disclosure agreements. The Economist, "The unacknowledged legislators of the online world," 14 June 2019 In the meantime, Green said New Orleans intends to work with its waste contractors to keep curbside collections going at the same cost to the city. Greg Larose, nola.com, "Tighter margins narrow the New Orleans recycling stream," 13 June 2019 The Hobart Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday approved bids from three different contractors for the demolitions. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Bids awarded to raze five Hobart homes," 6 June 2019 Baker worked with specialists at Jammar to create a custom rope wall, which her contractor installed above the ceiling to avoid the look of anchors. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Create the World's Most Insane Playroom," 24 May 2019 Those with construction experience are often tempted to act as their own general contractor. Jeff Layton, The Seattle Times, "Your PNW vacation home: Planning for expenses and where to save," 29 Mar. 2019 So, what is Windy City Rehab about? Alison and her lead contractor, Donovan Eckhardt, restore historical properties in the Chicago area. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Everything to Know About 'Windy City Rehab' and Its Host Alison Victoria," 9 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of contractor

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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contractor

noun

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

contractor

noun
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

contractor

noun
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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