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

In her previous position, Levy probably had some contact with unhappy travelers. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "This new T official is standing by for your complaints," 13 July 2018 The woman had a pet cat and had contact with cattle. Maggie Fox /, NBC News, "Tingling in woman's legs turns out to be a worm in her spine," 12 July 2018 The attorneys confirmed McCoy has had no contact with Cordon since the attack. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "2 women injured in invasion at NFL player’s metro Atlanta home," 11 July 2018 Holding a banner with contact information, school registration will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July 27 at West Side Leadership Academy or the School Administration Building, 1988 Polk St., Hinckley said. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "Resident at first Gary schools forum: 'Where do you come down in terms of obligations to the community?'," 11 July 2018 Sources told the Sentinel that the Magic considered the possibility of adding Thomas and had contact with Thomas and his agent. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic likely done adding through free agency this summer, Weltman says," 10 July 2018 She is always covered up, and her mom has no interest in having close contact with her. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Sharp Objects Premiere Recap: Home Is Where The Murder Is," 9 July 2018 When his bosses questioned him about his actions, Espinosa told them he had no prior contact with MacIntyre, according to Ranelletti’s termination letter. Kimberly Veklerov, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland finds likely collusion between inspector, property owner in eviction," 1 July 2018 Harris said the county had to investigate how much contact the employee had with food before alerting the public. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "4,000 people who ate at Hardee's near airport at risk for hepatitis A, county says," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Customers who have questions can contact ALDI customer service via aldi.us/customer-service or 1-800-325-7894, Monday through Friday during regular business hours. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "ALDI recalls some poke kits from five Maryland stores," 14 July 2018 To contact On the Road, or to send us a story idea, email us: OnTheRoad@cbsnews.com. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "Former students surprise music teacher who changed their lives," 13 July 2018 Thai authorities had contacted the British Cave Rescue Council for help when the boys disappeared. Johnson Lai And Jason Corben, Fox News, "Boys meant to stay 1 hour in cave, but outside, rains began," 13 July 2018 Anonymous tipsters can also contact San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477, or online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Alex Riggins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Police seek help to ID suspects in violent robbery on Barrio Logan trolley platform," 11 July 2018 In addition, Steven Hart, the former chairman of Williams & Jensen PLLC, whose wife was Pruitt’s landlord, had contacted EPA officials on behalf of several of his clients. Kevin Bogardus, Scientific American, "Ethics Investigation into EPA Head Scott Pruitt Widens," 2 July 2018 West Aurora administrators contacted GreatSchools seeking to have the information updated. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "West Aurora says 'unfair' rating on website causing damage to high school, community," 29 June 2018 At least four other Utah libraries started more paint-alongs, and more than 15 libraries across the nation contacted Sweet Branch for help in setting up events of their own, librarians there said. Julia Lyon, Washington Post, "People are waiting in line. Is it Hamilton? No, it’s Bob Ross on YouTube.," 13 July 2018 Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting crimestoppersatlanta.org. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Neighbors honor couple found strangled in burned Atlanta home," 12 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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31 Oct 2018

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The first known use of contact was in 1626

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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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