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1contact

noun con·tact \ˈkän-ˌtakt\

: the state or condition that exists when two people or things physically touch each other : a state of touching

: the state or condition that exists when people see and communicate with each other

: an occurrence in which people communicate with each other

Full Definition of CONTACT

1
a :  union or junction of surfaces
b :  the apparent touching or mutual tangency of the limbs of two celestial bodies or of the disk of one body with the shadow of another during an eclipse, transit, or occultation
c (1) :  the junction of two electrical conductors through which a current passes
(2) :  a special part made for such a junction
2
a :  association, relationship
b :  connection, communication
c :  an establishing of communication with someone or an observing or receiving of a significant signal from a person or object <radar contact with Mars>
3
:  a person serving as a go-between, messenger, connection, or source of special information <business contacts>
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Examples of CONTACT

  1. Physical contact between a mother and child is very important.
  2. a disease that is spread by sexual contact
  3. Contacts between the two leaders have been frequent in recent weeks.
  4. I applied for a job at that law firm because I have a contact there.

Origin of CONTACT

French or Latin; French, from Latin contactus, from contingere to have contact with — more at contingent
First Known Use: 1626

2contact

verb con·tact \ˈkän-ˌtakt, kən-ˈ\

: to call or write to (someone or something) : to communicate with (someone or something)

Full Definition of CONTACT

intransitive verb
:  to make contact
transitive verb
1
:  to bring into contact
2
a :  to enter or be in contact with :  join
b :  to get in communication with <contact your local dealer>

Usage Discussion of CONTACT



The use of contact as a verb, especially in sense 2b, is accepted as standard by almost all commentators except those who write college handbooks.

Examples of CONTACT

  1. For more information, contact the city's tourism office.
  2. We were able to contact them by radio.
  3. She contacted everyone on the list.

First Known Use of CONTACT

1834

Related to CONTACT

Synonyms
address, communicate (with), get, reach, get hold of, get (or keep) in touch with, touch base (with)

3contact

adjective con·tact \ˈkän-ˌtakt\

sports : allowing players to touch or hit each other

: acting when physical contact occurs

Full Definition of CONTACT

:  maintaining, involving, or activated or caused by contact <contact poisons> <contact sports> <contact dermatitis>

Examples of CONTACT

  1. Ice hockey is a contact sport.

First Known Use of CONTACT

1859
CONTACT Defined for Kids

1contact

noun con·tact \ˈkän-ˌtakt\

Definition of CONTACT for Kids

1
:  a meeting or touching of persons or things
2
:  communication with other people <Have you been in contact with her?> <He has no outside contact.>
3
:  a person someone knows who serves as a connection especially in the business or political world <I've got contacts in the company.>

Word Root of CONTACT

The Latin word tangere, meaning to touch, and its form tactus give us the roots tang and tact. Words from the Latin tangere have something to do with touching. Something tangible is able to be touched. Contact is a meeting or touching of people or things. Something intact is unharmed, whole, and untouched. Anything tactile relates to the sense of touch.

2contact

verb
con·tact·edcon·tact·ing

Definition of CONTACT for Kids

1
:  to touch or make touch physically
2
:  to get in touch or communication with

3contact

adjective

Definition of CONTACT for Kids

:  involving or activated by physical interaction <contact sports> <contact poisons>
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