sub·​con·​trac·​tor | \ ˌsəb-ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər How to pronounce subcontractor (audio) , ˌsəb-kən-ˈtrak- \

Definition of subcontractor

: an individual or business firm contracting to perform part or all of another's contract

Examples of subcontractor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Agri Service is a stand-alone organic materials processer and a subcontractor for Waste Management. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2021 The Senate has said that Friday's presentation will consist of four reports: The Ninjas' findings, including presentations by Ninja CEO Doug Logan and Ben Cotton, founder of CyFIR, a digital security firm that is an audit subcontractor. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 24 Sep. 2021 The letter states that the subcontractor had not disclosed some results in a timely manner. Julia Cherner, ABC News, 24 Oct. 2021 Cotton will operate independently, not as a Cyber Ninja subcontractor, said Randy Pullen, the audit spokesman. Jen Fifield, USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2021 In 2020, Paul Daigle, a defense subcontractor who’d been involved with The Mercantile, was indicted on fraud charges linked to the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Matt Wake |, al, 17 Sep. 2021 Ethan Pease, a subcontractor with the U.S. Postal Service who temporarily worked in Madison. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2021 Ben Cotton, founder of CyFIR, a digital-security firm that was a subcontractor on the review effort, claimed Maricopa County purged voter data the day before two independent reviews ordered by county officials. Jen Fifield, USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2021 Construction halted in 2017 after Juan Chonillo, who worked for a concrete subcontractor, fell 29 stories to his death. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, 10 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of subcontractor

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subcontractor was in 1798

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“Subcontractor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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Legal Definition of subcontractor

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

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