subcontract

noun
sub·​con·​tract | \ ˌsəb-ˈkän-ˌtrakt How to pronounce subcontract (audio) \

Definition of subcontract

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a contract between a party to an original contract and a third party especially : one to provide all or a specified part of the work or materials required in the original contract

subcontract

verb
sub·​con·​tract | \ ˌsəb-ˈkän-ˌtrakt How to pronounce subcontract (audio) , ˌsəb-kən-ˈtrakt \
subcontracted; subcontracting; subcontracts

Definition of subcontract (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to let out or undertake work under a subcontract

transitive verb

1 : to engage a third party to perform under a subcontract all or part of (work included in an original contract) sometimes used with out
2 : to undertake (work) under a subcontract

Examples of subcontract in a Sentence

Verb The large firm subcontracted with a smaller company.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Kansas City Google Fiber workers, who voted 9 to 1 in favor of unionizing, hope to advocate for equal protections and benefits across Google for subcontract workers and full-time employees. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 25 Mar. 2022 In the meantime, labor was cheap, making China an appealing place to locate (or subcontract) production, and the country’s exports were attractively priced. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 25 Feb. 2022 Many of the public insurance plans upset by the deal subcontract with KP for patient care and acknowledge that their overall quality scores will likely decline when KP goes its own way. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Feb. 2022 Founder of Strategic Footprint, which helps companies regain control of their future by moving away from offshore subcontract manufacturing. Doug Donahue, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 After their day on the run, Maya and Anna are brought to Derrick’s house, one of those huge new-build suburban farmhouses that, in my town, were occupied only by families with big, fat military-subcontract money. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 Founder of Strategic Footprint, which helps companies regain control of their future by moving away from offshore subcontract manufacturing. Doug Donahue, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Founder of Strategic Footprint, which helps companies regain control of their future by moving away from offshore subcontract manufacturing. Doug Donahue, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 The budget this year for the program was $1.5 million, which includes legal services from several nonprofits — including the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles — that subcontract with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. Emily Alpert Reyes Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the facility was given a six-month extension in September, apparently to explore a work-around deal that would put the official contract with a small Kern County city, who would then subcontract operations to GEO. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 Under that system the master operator could subcontract out games, rides and food. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2022 The proposal to subcontract Child Advocates, which had provided CASA/GAL services to Marion County youth for decades, to work with Kids' Voice had been suggested, but Child Advocates stepped away from those negotiations. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Oct. 2021 This can be a great way to improve your presence in new markets by having specialists subcontract for you. Tejas Dave, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 One official from a major multinational company said he was ordered to subcontract to a local company exclusively as a package of deals worth billions was being negotiated with the government. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Sep. 2021 The city would then subcontract the services to The GEO Group. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Sep. 2021 But top contractors subcontract out to smaller companies who then contract other companies, with each tier taking a cut. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021 Airlines and freight forwarders subcontract ground-handling work at most major airports in the U.S. Doug Cameron, WSJ, 29 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of subcontract

Noun

1660, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1842, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Subcontract.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subcontract. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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subcontract

noun
sub·​con·​tract | \ ˌsəb-ˈkän-ˌtrakt How to pronounce subcontract (audio) \

Legal Definition of subcontract

: a contract between a party to an original contract and a third party that assigns part of the performance (as building a house) of the original contract to the third party

Other Words from subcontract

subcontract \ ˌsəb-​ˈkän-​ˌtrakt, -​kən-​ˈtrakt How to pronounce subcontract (audio) \ verb

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