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

First recorded in 1595–1605; sub- + contract
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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
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verb (ˌsʌbkənˈtrækt)
  1. (intr often foll by for) to enter into or make a subcontract
  2. (tr) to let out (work) on a subcontract
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Word Origin and History for subcontract


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

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