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contractor

[kon-trak-ter, kuh n-trak-ter] /ˈkɒn træk tər, kənˈtræk tər/
noun
1.
a person who contracts to furnish supplies or perform work at a certain price or rate.
2.
something that contracts, especially a muscle.
3.
Bridge. the player or team who makes the final bid.
Origin of contractor
1540-1550
1540-50; < Late Latin; see contract, -tor
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contractor

/ˈkɒntræktə; kənˈtræk-/
noun
1.
a person or firm that contracts to supply materials or labour, esp for building
2.
something that contracts, esp a muscle
3.
(law) a person who is a party to a contract
4.
the declarer in bridge
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Word Origin and History for contractor
n.

1540s, "one who enters into a contract," from Late Latin contractor, agent noun from past participle stem of Latin contrahere (see contract (n.)); specifically of "one who enters into a contract to provide work, services, or goods" from 1724.

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