Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

subcontract

[noun suhb-kon-trakt, suhb-kon-; verb suhb-kuh n-trakt]Law.
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a contract by which one agrees to render services or to provide materials necessary for the performance of another contract.
verb (used with object)
  1. to make a subcontract for.
verb (used without object)
  1. to make a subcontract.

Origin of subcontract

First recorded in 1595–1605; sub- + contract
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for subcontract

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for subcontract

subcontract

noun (sʌbˈkɒntrækt)
  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
verb (ˌsʌbkənˈtrækt)
  1. (intr often foll by for) to enter into or make a subcontract
  2. (tr) to let out (work) on a subcontract
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for subcontract

n.

"contract for carrying out all or part of a previous contract," 1817, from sub- + contract (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper