Meaning of “contractor” in the English Dictionary

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"contractor" in British English

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contractornoun [ C ]

uk /kənˈtræk.tər/ us /ˈkɑːn.træk.tɚ/

Examples from literature

  • During the early part of the work, the contractor devoted his entire attention to the work of excavation. 
  • Each morning the engineer and the contractor marked with care the fall of the thermometer during the night, examined the frost upon the grass and tested its depth in the soil. 
  • Food. —The commissariat is supplied by a private contractor. 
  • He contracted for its making at a fixed price, and weighed out a precise amount of gold to the contractor. 
  • The King provided transport for each contractor and his retinue, baggage, and horses. 

(Definition of “contractor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"contractor" in American English

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contractornoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɑn·træk·tər/

a person or company that arranges to supply materials or workers, esp. for building

(Definition of “contractor” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"contractor" in Business English

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contractornoun [ C ]

uk /kənˈtræktər/ us WORKPLACE, HR

a person or company that is paid by another company to work on a particular project for a particular amount of money:

Working 24/7 is something IT contractors grow used to if they want to compete.

(Definition of “contractor” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)