subcontract

subcontract
subcontract sub‧con‧tract [ˌsʌbkənˈtrækt ǁ -ˈkɑːntrækt] verb [intransitive, transitive] COMMERCE
if a company subcontracts work, they pay other people to do part of their work for them:
subcontract something to somebody

• Consultants can give advice and then subcontract the actual engineering work to specialists.

— subcontract [sʌbˈkɒntrækt ǁ -ˈkɑːn-] noun [countable] :

• a $1.2 million subcontract to build diamond multichip modules

— subcontracting noun [uncountable] :

• Subcontracting is common in the construction industry.

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subcontract UK US (also sub-contract) /ˌsʌbkənˈtrækt/ verb [I or T] MANAGEMENT, LAW
to pay an outside person or organization to do work that might normally be done within an organization: subcontract sth (out) to sb »

Most of the work has been subcontracted out to another company.

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If it is a large contract, the consultant may subcontract parts of it.

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The plane maker wants flexibility to subcontract overseas as part of its cost-cutting efforts.

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subcontract UK US (also sub-contract) /ˌsʌbˈkɒntrækt/ noun [C] MANAGEMENT, LAW
an agreement for an outside person or organization to do work that might normally be done within an organization: »

Another organization provides IT services to the school though a subcontract.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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