contact

noun
con·​tact | \ ˈkän-ˌtakt How to pronounce contact (audio) \

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 How to pronounce contact (audio) , 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 How to pronounce contact (audio) \

Definition of contact (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Synonyms for contact

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Library of Congress spokesman Brett Zongker said the Library has been in contact with the Supreme Court regarding timing for a transfer of Stevens' materials, but no date has yet been given. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 23 Nov. 2021 The spokesman for the Boston Police Department, Sergeant Detective John Boyle, declined comment when asked if police negotiators were in contact with Wright’s biological family during the standoff. Andrew Brinker, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Nov. 2021 People can catch monkeypox by coming in contact with infected animals or animal products, including by preparing wild game or being bitten or scratched by an animal, according to the CDC. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2021 The threats came near the end of the school day, but Arnold had been in contact with the school since that morning, the report said. Caroline Silva, ajc, 18 Nov. 2021 Open adoption— where the birth family and the adoptive family have the ability to remain in contact— has benefits for everyone. Sara Gaynes Levy, PEOPLE.com, 18 Nov. 2021 Evan was trained as a radio operator to help commanders stay in contact. jsonline.com, 18 Nov. 2021 Make certain that clothes or linens won’t come in contact with the oil. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 So when the ice in a frozen turkey comes in contact with the hot oil, the surface ice quickly turns to steam. Kristine Nolin, The Conversation, 18 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Police are urging potential witnesses, or anyone who has a dashcam in their car and was traveling near the Central Boulevard and Interstate 95 area from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 15, to contact them. Ayushi Agarwal, ABC News, 25 Nov. 2021 Since McDermott failed to heed the bat signal and contact him directly but instead came out with this statement, West released this beauty on social media after the Crimson beat Yale on Saturday. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2021 Authorities urged anyone with information to contact them. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2021 The wildlife management department alerted residents to recent sightings near town in a Facebook post on Friday, inviting anyone who sees a polar bear to contact them. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Nov. 2021 There’s never any question about who’s working on your vehicle and how to contact them – it’s one Tesla technician serving as your advocate. Jon Picoult, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Police asked anyone who spent time with Clark between Oct. 9 and Oct. 17, or anyone who has information about Harris' whereabouts, to contact them at 414-935-7360. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Oct. 2021 Chatham Police are asking anyone who spots aggressive coyotes to contact them at (508) 945-1213 or Chatham Animal Control (508) 945-5111. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 14 Oct. 2021 An officer planned to contact him with a reminder that he had already been told not to remove firewood from the camp. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 14 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Located outside of the CBS Sporting Club and the Patriots ProShop, Winter Skate is a 60-by-140-foot rink, open to non-contact hockey players, recreational skaters, and figure skaters. Dana Gerber, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Nov. 2021 It’s accompanied by a non-contact voltage tester and an outlet tester. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 4 Nov. 2021 The Lewis University Physics Club will be collecting the pumpkins at a non-contact table as well as operating the catapults for those who want to watch pumpkins get thrown into the air, the release said. Michelle Mullins, chicagotribune.com, 3 Nov. 2021 The shoulder dislocated then and again on a non-contact play, Mayfield said Sunday in his postgame news conference. Nate Ulrich, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 Injury limited Harry Miller to non-contact participation, opening more reps for redshirt freshman Luke Wypler at center. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 9 Apr. 2021 Mitchell has been limited in practice this week while wearing a non-contact jersey. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Oct. 2021 Trayanum didn't practice early in the week while Ngata practiced but donned a green non-contact jersey. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 11 Sep. 2021 Harry Miller, who has been limited to non-contact work this spring due to an unspecified injury, did not play Saturday. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 18 Apr. 2021

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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

borrowed from French & Latin; French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin contāctus "touching, joining of surfaces, association," from contag-, variant stem of contingere "to be in contact with, arrive at, affect, fall to one's lot" + -tus, suffix of action nouns — more at contingent entry 1

Verb

derivative of contact entry 1

Adjective

derivative of contact entry 1

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Time Traveler for contact

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The first known use of contact was in 1626

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Last Updated

28 Nov 2021

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“Contact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contact. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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)

: allowing players to touch or hit each other
: acting when physical contact occurs

contact

noun
con·​tact | \ ˈkän-ˌtakt How to pronounce contact (audio) \

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 How to pronounce contact (audio) \

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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