Definition of subcontract in English:


Syllabification: sub·con·tract


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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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