[ noun suhb-kon-trakt, suhb-kon-; verb suhb-kuh n-trakt ]
/ noun sʌbˈkɒn trækt, ˈsʌbˌkɒn-; verb ˌsʌb kənˈtrækt /


a contract by which one agrees to render services or to provide materials necessary for the performance of another contract.

verb (used with object)

to make a subcontract for.

verb (used without object)

to make a subcontract.


Origin of subcontract

First recorded in 1595–1605; sub- + contract Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for subcontract


noun (sʌbˈkɒntrækt)

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)

(intr often foll by for) to enter into or make a subcontract
(tr) to let out (work) on a subcontract
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