contractor

[kon-trak-ter, kuhn-trak-ter]
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:
1540–50; < Late Latin; see contract, -tor

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contractor (ˈkɒntræktə, kənˈtræk-)
 
n
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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contractor
1540s, "one who enters into a contract," from L. contractor, noun of action from contrahere; specifically of "one who enters into a contract to provide work, services, or goods" from 1724.
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Example sentences for contractors
Two local agricultural contractors have chosen the province of animal husbandry.
Hud scandal controversy concerning low income housing money to selected contractors.
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