- The definition of a contractor is a person who works on an "as needed" basis for a stipulated amount of money.
- An example of a contractor is a self-employed graphic designer.
- An example of a contractor is a landscape architect hired to build a deck.
contractor definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- one of the parties to a contract
- a person who contracts to supply certain materials or do certain work for a stipulated sum, esp. one who does so in any of the building trades
- a thing that contracts, narrows, or shortens; esp., a muscle that contracts
contractor definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- One that agrees to furnish materials or perform services at a specified price, especially for construction work.
- Something, especially a muscle, that contracts.
contractor - Business Definition
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Business Terms Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A business or person who builds things for others.
- A person who works under contract for others. For example, an individual may contract to set up computer systems for homeowners and businesses.
contractor - Computer Definition
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An individual or organization that does work for another party. Contrast with "employee." See subcontractor.
contractor - Legal Definition
A party to a contract, especially one who agrees to provide goods or services to the other parties.general contractor
A contractor who agrees to undertake a large project, such as the construction of a building, and who hires and coordinates subcontractors to complete parts of the project. Also called a prime contractor.independent contractor
A contractor who agrees to provide services to another party, but who retains significant or complete control over how the work is done. See also employee.subcontractor
A person retained by a contractor (usually a general contractor or another subcontractor) to complete a part or all of the obligations owed by the contractor under a particular contract or series of contracts. For example, general contractors who build houses frequently hire subcontractors to install the plumbing.