Definition of contractor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kənˈtræktə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtræktər//
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a person or company that has a contract to do work or provide goods or services for another company a building/haulage, etc. contractor to employ an outside contractor Word Originearly 16th cent.: from late Latin, from Latin contrahere ‘draw together’, from con- ‘together’ + trahere ‘draw’.Extra examples The prime contractor can take on several subcontractors. We’ll need to employ a building contractor to do the work. a list of approved contractors
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