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[kon-trak-ter, kuh n-trak-ter] /ˈkɒn træk tər, kənˈtræk tər/
a person who contracts to furnish supplies or perform work at a certain price or rate.
something that contracts, especially a muscle.
Bridge. the player or team who makes the final bid.
Origin of contractor
1540-50; < Late Latin; see contract, -tor Unabridged
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  • Hire a solar contractor to help you make a final choice and perform the installation.
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  • Labor is a cost factor as well if you hire out the work to a contractor.
  • The homeowners did much of the work themselves but had a contractor build the deck.
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  • It fired a contractor halfway through the job when the building was past due.
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  • The ethic makeup of the contractor's workforce is dependant on the available labor pool.
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  • Last week, a roofing contractor began installing a new roof.
British Dictionary definitions for contractor


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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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