[n. suhb-kon-trakt, suhb-kon-; v. suhb-kuhn-trakt] Law.
a contract by which one agrees to render services or to provide materials necessary for the performance of another contract.
verb (used with object)
to make a subcontract for.
verb (used without object)
to make a subcontract.

1595–1605; sub- + contract Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
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
vb (often foll by for)
2.  to enter into or make a subcontract
3.  (tr) to let out (work) on a subcontract

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Word Origin & History

"contract for carrying out all or part of a previous contract," 1817, from sub- + contract (v.).
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Example sentences
The principal may subcontract some of the work, but he or she must ensure its quality and be the primary face of the company.
Talk is that he want to subcontract out space flight to other countries.
Subcontract, in accordance with its terms and conditions.
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