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subcontract

[n. suhb-kon-trakt, suhb-kon-; v. suhb-kuh n-trakt] /n. sʌbˈkɒn trækt, ˈsʌbˌkɒn-; v. ˌsʌb kənˈtrækt/
noun
1.
a contract by which one agrees to render services or to provide materials necessary for the performance of another contract.
verb (used with object)
2.
to make a subcontract for.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make a subcontract.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; sub- + contract
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British Dictionary definitions for sub contract

subcontract

noun (sʌbˈkɒntrækt)
1.
a subordinate contract under which the supply of materials, services, or labour is let out to someone other than a party to the main contract
verb (ˌsʌbkənˈtrækt)
2.
(intransitive) often foll by for. to enter into or make a subcontract
3.
(transitive) to let out (work) on a subcontract
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Word Origin and History for sub contract

subcontract

n.

"contract for carrying out all or part of a previous contract," 1817, from sub- + contract (v.).

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