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noun con·tact \ˈkän-ˌtakt\

Simple Definition of contact

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of contact

  1. 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. 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. 3 :  a person serving as a go-between, messenger, connection, or source of special information <business contacts>

  4. 4 :  contact lens

Examples of contact in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of contact

French or Latin; French, from Latin contactus, from contingere to have contact with — more at contingent


First Known Use: 1626


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contact

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verb con·tact \ˈkän-ˌtakt, kən-ˈ\

Simple Definition of contact

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of contact

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make contact

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to bring into contact

  5. 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 in a sentence

  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.



1834

First Known Use of contact

1834


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contact

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adjective con·tact \ˈkän-ˌtakt\

Simple Definition of contact

  • sports : allowing players to touch or hit each other

  • : acting when physical contact occurs

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of contact

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

Examples of contact in a sentence

  1. Ice hockey is a contact sport.



1859

First Known Use of contact

1859



CONTACT Defined for Kids

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contact

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noun con·tact \ˈkän-ˌtakt\

Definition of contact for Students

  1. 1 :  a meeting or touching of persons or things

  2. 2 :  communication with other people <Have you been in contact with her?> <He has no outside contact.>

  3. 3 :  a person someone knows who serves as a connection especially in the business or political world <I've got contacts in the company.>

  4. 4 :  contact lens



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.


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contact

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verb con·tact

Definition of contact for Students

contacted

contacting

  1. 1 :  to touch or make touch physically

  2. 2 :  to get in touch or communication with




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contact

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adjective con·tact

Definition of contact for Students

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




Medical Dictionary

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contact

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noun con·tact \ˈkän-ˌtakt\

Medical Definition of contact

  1. 1:  union or junction of body surfaces <sexual contact>

  2. 2a:  the junction of two electrical conductors through which a current passesb:  a special part that has been made for such a junction

  3. 3:  direct experience through the senses <loss of contact with reality>

  4. 4:  contact lens




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contact

adjective con·tact

Medical Definition of contact

  1. :  caused or transmitted by direct or indirect contact (as with an allergen or a contagious disease) <a contact allergy>





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