Definition of subcontract in English:


Line breaks: sub|con¦tract


Pronunciation: /sʌbkənˈtrakt
[with object]
1Employ a firm 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] 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: /sʌbˈkɒntrakt
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A contract for a company or person to do work for another company as part of a larger project: [as modifier]: subcontract labour subcontract work
More 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.

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