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

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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 In the court appearance, Fortenberry was ordered to pos a $50,000 bond and instructed not to have contact with any witnesses or victims in the case. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 New Zealand had successfully eliminated earlier outbreaks by imposing tough border controls and strict lockdowns, as well as aggressive contact-tracing and isolating those who were infectious. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Oct. 2021 New Zealand had successfully eliminated earlier outbreaks by imposing tough border controls and strict lockdowns, as well as aggressive contact-tracing and isolating those who were infectious. Nick Perry, ajc, 19 Oct. 2021 The cat had close contact with its owners, who were confirmed to have COVID-19 about a week before the feline became ill, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said in a release Tuesday. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 19 Oct. 2021 The family last had contact with the victim around 12:30 p.m. that day, according to prosecutors, who say the victim was tortured and killed. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Oct. 2021 The league protocol requires vaccinated players and personnel who test positive are immediately isolated, not permitted to access club facilities, or have direct contact with players or personnel. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 15 Oct. 2021 Its contact tracing process now uses surveys sent to teachers and campus staff to identify close contacts when a student tests positive. Danya Perez, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Oct. 2021 Several other players were pulled because of contact tracing protocols. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb City spokeswoman Heather Hafer said some of those workers might not have known about the city’s mandate and are difficult to contact. oregonlive, 21 Oct. 2021 Online court records did not show an attorney for Holly, and attempts to contact him through phone numbers on public records were not successful Wednesday night. NBC News, 21 Oct. 2021 One of the best ways to get the records is to contact the state health department, which maintains the Georgia Immunization Registry. Kiersten Willis, ajc, 21 Oct. 2021 If Diana was so concerned about the children, the prosecutor demanded, why did Diana and Jonathan leave an 11-year-old with no way to contact them? William Wan, Ian Shapira, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Oct. 2021 Sign up for the newsletter here, and contact the writer at gwendolyn.wu@sfchronicle.com. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Oct. 2021 The national search for Petito ensued after her family reported her missing on September 11 after not being able to contact her. Taylor Romine, CNN, 21 Oct. 2021 For fairness, testers will not be able to contact finalists to ask questions. Ariel Cheung, chicagotribune.com, 20 Oct. 2021 At the news conference Tuesday, Stephan asked anyone with information about the gun or anyone who may have seen a black 2015 Lexus GX460 with personalized plates on Jan. 8 to contact authorities. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 In the final minute of the Nuggets' loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, Murray drove toward the basket before his knee buckled on a non-contact play. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2021 Jarwin suffered the injury on a non-contact play in the first half and was replaced by Dalton Schultz. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2020 For events like the Taco Festival, all ticket purchases are online and only non-contact methods of payment are accepted. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 10 Sep. 2021 Wide receiver DeVante Parker was in a second consecutive practice without a red, non-contact jersey. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Sep. 2021 Defensive back Andre Chachere, who suffered a concussion in the preseason win over Minnesota on Saturday, was back at practice and wearing a red non-contact jersey. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Aug. 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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23 Oct 2021

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“Contact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contact. Accessed 26 Oct. 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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