sub·​con·​trac·​tor ˌsəb-ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər How to pronounce subcontractor (audio)
: an individual or business firm contracting to perform part or all of another's contract

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One recording was a of a conversation with Doherty about the subcontractor scheme, McDonald said, while another depicted Marquez and Pramaggiore talking about the plan to put Ochoa on ComEd’s board. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 19 Mar. 2023 But, at this stage of pandemic recovery, there is an opportunity to focus on subcontractor financing to help entrepreneurs rebuild and grow. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2022 The organization has a CEO (a tech executive and venture capitalist named Dror Bin) and management team, a staff of 130 employees, 180 subject matter expert subcontractor and an annual budget of $500 million. Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Both the alliance model and Falck‘s use of a subcontractor will be part of an amendment to Falck’s contract with the city. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2023 However, a subcontractor was owed that same amount at the time, the article states. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 21 Jan. 2023 Hafner, of Charlotte, Tennessee, was between subcontractor jobs in October when the EBT card he and his girlfriend use got skimmed of $460. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, 10 Dec. 2022 In a case where a subcontractor operates the crane for the construction company, the operator has the responsibility to tell the company about the issue, and the company has to provide what is needed to rectify it. Shira Moolten, Sun Sentinel, 8 Dec. 2022 The motion comes as part of a tangle of litigation between the companies, Shimmick Construction Co. and Danny’s Construction Co., and a subcontractor. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subcontractor was in 1798

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Cite this Entry

“Subcontractor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Legal Definition


: one (as an individual or business) that contracts to perform part or all of the obligations of another's contract

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