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

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 Brazilian star Marta was sent off with a straight red card in the sixth minute of second half stoppage time for contact to the face of Dash forward Rachel Daly. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride falls 3-1 to host Houston Dash," 12 July 2018 Verily, a life sciences outfit with plans to monitor glucose levels with contact lenses, made the leap in 2015. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 All that has really improved from a plate-discipline measurement standpoint is that Schoop entered Tuesday making contact on 95.2 percent of balls in the strike zone, well above his season mark of 83.9 percent. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles' Schoop, seeing immediate dividends from reset, cashes in with walk-off hit vs. Yankees," 11 July 2018 Following an invitation-only competition, the Andy Warhol Foundation selected the museum as the permanent home of Warhol’s contact sheets and negatives. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Thousands of Unseen Photos Featuring Andy Warhol and Celebrity Pals to Be Digitized," 11 July 2018 Gualtieri told members that school and mental health counselors had at least 140 contacts with Nikolas Cruz over the years trying to get him help, but his mother frequently interfered. Terry Spencer, The Seattle Times, "Official: Florida shooting suspect’s mom let him buy gun," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 If not, contact the psychological association in your state about a referral to a therapist who specializes in patients with adult attention deficit disorder. Houston Chronicle, "Hard-working college student strives to be more organized," 13 July 2018 Nobody has contacted me about debates.’’ Markley is running in a three-way primary against New Britain mayor Erin Stewart and Darien first selectwoman Jayme Stevenson. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "No Debates Set in Lt Governor's Primary," 11 July 2018 Major League Baseball contacted Muncy about the opportunity before Monday afternoon. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers put Yasiel Puig on the disabled list, call up Andrew Toles," 10 July 2018 In Elmhurst, the city started a new five-year contract May 1 with Republic Services and has not been contacted about a possible rate increase, said Howard Killian, director of public works. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Chinese ban may lead to recycling cost increase for some towns," 9 July 2018 Hill meets with legislative leaders Hill's statement regarding not being contacted about the allegations as of Monday afternoon seems to contradict a statement legislative leaders sent to IndyStar on Monday. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "4 women allege Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill touched them inappropriately at bar," 2 July 2018 Apparently, Ceukelaire attempted to contact Facebook about this multiple times and was told the company would look into it. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Maker of popular quiz apps on Facebook exposed personal data of 120 million users," 28 June 2018 The Lakers contacted the Spurs on Wednesday about pursuing Kawhi Leonard. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Kawhi Leonard Rumors: Spurs Fully Engaged In Trade Talks With Lakers, Celtics," 28 June 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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More Definitions for contact

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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