Etymology
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subcontract (n.)

also sub-contract, "contract for carrying out all or part of a previous contract," 1817, from sub- + contract (n.). As a verb from 1828 (in Shakespeare it means "be betrothed again"). Related: Subcontracted; subcontracting.

updated on May 07, 2014

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Definitions of subcontract from WordNet
1
subcontract (v.)
arranged for contracted work to be done by others;
Synonyms: farm out / job
subcontract (v.)
work under a subcontract; engage in a subcontract;
2
subcontract (n.)
a contract assigning to another party some obligations of a prior contract;
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