contact

noun
con·tact | \ ˈkän-ˌtakt \

Definition of contact 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : union or junction of surfaces Cooling begins when the lava makes contact with the air.

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 The camera's flash wasn't working because the electrical contacts needed to be cleaned.

2a : association, relationship students and teachers in daily contact

b : connection, communication I lost contact with her years ago.

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

4 : contact lens She wears contacts more often than glasses.

contact

verb
con·tact | \ ˈkän-ˌtakt , kən-ˈtakt \
contacted; contacting; contacts

Definition of contact (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to make contact the point at which the two surfaces contact

transitive verb

1 : to bring into contact

2a : to enter or be in contact with : join The spark contacted the gunpowder.

b : to get in communication with Contact your local dealer.

contact

adjective
con·tact | \ ˈkän-ˌtakt \

Definition of contact (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Synonyms for contact

Synonyms: Noun

connection

Synonyms: Verb

address, communicate (with), get, reach

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Is contact a verb?: Usage Guide

Verb

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

Noun

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

Verb

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

Adjective

Ice hockey is a contact sport.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Anyone who may have been in contact with Chicklis are asked to contact New Hampshire State Police at 603-223-8729. Alejandro Serrano, BostonGlobe.com, "Missing Westminster man found dead in NH," 14 July 2018 Bubbles & Biz Networking Meet friends, expand contact base, the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month for happy hour, 5:45-7 p.m. $12-$15. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Sunrise area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Investigators ask that anyone with information contact the San Bernardino Police Department. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Pregnant woman killed in hit-and-run, police seeking driver," 12 July 2018 Khris Davis clobbered it, a rare sight on a night where the A's required little actual contact. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Athletics hammer Lance McCullers in Astros' loss," 12 July 2018 To learn more about the coalition, contact Prevention Service at 913-715-7880. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Teen suicide doesn’t end with the school year. Now JoCo schools offer summertime therapy," 12 July 2018 The Lake County Prosecutor’s office decided Friday that charges would not be filed against a former jail contact employee from her testimony at former Sheriff John Buncich’s sentencing. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "No charges for jail employee who was also imprisoned Lake County sheriff's 'significant other,' prosecutor says," 13 July 2018 To register, visit go.llinois.edu/extensiondkk/ For more information, contact Laura Barr at llbarr@illinois.edu or 630-584-6166. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 13 July 2018 The indictment cites Stone’s contact with Guccifer 2.0: That certainly looks like acting as an accessory to a crime. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Mueller’s New Indictment Points to Collusion With Russia," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In addition to the restitution, Dreyfus also ordered that Holland, 59, refrain from contacting any of the victim’s family members, according to court records. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Holland ordered to pay $6,500 in restitution after hatchet killing," 13 July 2018 Anyone who wishes to include a military person, veteran or first responder in the tribute should contact Katie Casey at 815-485-3584 or kcasey@newlenoxparks.org. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Proud American Days to close out July with food, fun and entertainment," 11 July 2018 Texas Central Partners, the company planning the high-speed railway, has contacted the RTC to possibly re-open its interlocal agreement with the region to evaluate extending the railway from Dallas to Fort Worth, Morris told the RTC last month. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Hyperloop or high-speed rail: which will whoosh through Texas first?," 11 July 2018 Officials say people who have already eaten these products and have had diarrhea lasting more than three days should contact their health care provider. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "More than 200 sickened in Del Monte vegetable outbreak," 9 July 2018 Any student who has reached 18 years of age may review and/or receive these records by contacting the district’s Pupil Services Office of Ramona Unified School District at 760-787-2039 and scheduling an appointment by July 13. sandiegouniontribune.com, "District to destroy specific special education records," 7 July 2018 Across America, bedbugs are biting Six Philadelphia pest companies contacted said their cases have grown every year for at least the last decade. Julia Terruso, Philly.com, "Why Philly is a particularly bad place to get bedbugs," 5 July 2018 One match was for an individual on an out-of-date watch list; the other for a person with mental health issues who frequently contacts public figures, but is not a criminal and not wanted for arrest. James Vincent, The Verge, "London police chief ‘completely comfortable’ using facial recognition with 98 percent false positive rate," 5 July 2018 Dragoo contacted The Star about the 2017 meeting after seeing Watkins voice support for a Supreme Court ruling that limits the ability of public sector unions to collect fees. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "‘His social views were liberal.’ Candidate met with Dems before launching GOP run," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Contact neighborhoods reporter Ruth Serven at ruth.serven@indystar.com. Ruth Serven, Indianapolis Star, "Indy tightens rules to force landlords to clean up trashy houses, but realty agents say it won't matter," 10 July 2017 Sunday brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact 847-549-1972 or www.austinssaloon.com. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Lake County News-Sun, "Libertyville's Austin Saloon adapts with owners' life changes," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of contact

Noun

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1834, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Adjective

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for contact

Noun

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

Verb

see contact entry 1

Adjective

see contact entry 1

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Statistics for contact

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contact

noun

English Language Learners Definition of contact

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

contact

verb

English Language Learners Definition of contact (Entry 2 of 3)

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

contact

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of contact (Entry 3 of 3)

sports : allowing players to touch or hit each other

: acting when physical contact occurs

contact

noun
con·tact | \ ˈkän-ˌtakt \

Kids Definition of contact

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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.

contact

verb
contacted; contacting

Kids Definition of contact (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to touch or make touch physically

2 : to get in touch or communication with

contact

adjective

Kids Definition of contact (Entry 3 of 3)

: involving or activated by physical interaction contact sports contact poisons

contact

noun
con·tact | \ ˈkän-ˌtakt \

Medical Definition of contact 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : union or junction of body surfaces sexual contact

2a : the junction of two electrical conductors through which a current passes

b : a special part that has been made for such a junction

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

contact

adjective

Medical Definition of contact (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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