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subcontract Syllabification: sub·con·tract

Definition of subcontract in English:


Pronunciation: /ˌsəbkənˈtrakt/
[with object]
1Employ a business or person outside one’s company to do (work) as part of a larger project: we would subcontract the translation work out
More example sentences
  • Did firm A subcontract the work to firm B?
  • He admitted Costain was in discussions with US firms to subcontract work.
  • A very reputable and conscientious contractor was reroofing a wood frame condominium building and had subcontracted the work on the torch-applied roof to another firm.
1.1 [no object] (Of a business or person) carry out work for a company as part of a larger project.
Example sentences
  • Everyone understands that that's the reality, but it leaves a lot of room for partnering and subcontracting.
  • By the early 1980s, they had already established footholds in groceries, liquor stores, dry cleaners, and garment subcontracting.
  • Bluesky is now the only dealer in Scotland which can install and service PCs and phones without subcontracting.


Pronunciation: /səbˈkäntrakt/
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A contract for a company or person to do work for another company as part of a larger project.
Example sentences
  • The main contractor entered into a subcontract with the defender on the same terms as the main contract.
  • These sensor contracts were subsumed as subcontracts by the A&O contract with a single prime contractor having overall system performance responsibility.
  • Over 70 per cent of the company's revenues and 54 per cent of orders were from Asia where a majority of the subcontract test houses are located.

Words that rhyme with subcontract

abreact, abstract, act, attract, bract, compact, contract, counteract, diffract, enact, exact, extract, fact, humpbacked, impact, interact, matter-of-fact, pact, protract, redact, refract, retroact, subtract, tact, tract, transact, unbacked, underact, untracked

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