pact

noun
\ ˈpakt How to pronounce pact (audio) \

Definition of pact

: compact entry 4 especially : an international treaty

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Pact has "peace" at its root because a pact often ends a period of unfriendly relations. The word is generally used in the field of international relations, where diplomats may speak of an "arms pact", a "trade pact", or a "fishing-rights pact". But it may also be used for any solemn agreement or promise between two people; after all, whenever two parties shake hands on a deal, they're not about to go to war with each other.

Examples of pact in a Sentence

We supported a peace pact between the two countries. They made a pact to go to the gym together three times a week.

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Renewed jitters over slowing global growth and investors’ impatience on a U.S.-China trade pact sent U.S. stocks to their worst day in nearly a month, the latest hiccup during a big rally fueled by the Federal Reserve this year. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Stocks Close Lower as Investors Pause on Trade Developments," 4 Mar. 2019 According to Mashable, the Age of Heroes started when, after centuries of war, the First Men signed a peace pact with the Children of the Forest and the giants. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Is the “Age of Heroes” From Game of Thrones?," 16 June 2018 Five Star supporters voted on the coalition pact in an online ballot organized by the party Friday. John Follain, Bloomberg.com, "Italy's Populist League Gives Public a Say on Coalition Program," 19 May 2018 Details won’t be officially released until Tuesday, but the pact came in time to alleviate any threat of a second partial government shutdown this weekend. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "Congressional lawmakers reach deal on border wall funding," 11 Feb. 2019 At the top of agenda: getting countries to agree on rules to implement the Paris climate accords for 2020, when the pact goes into effect. Nithin Coca, Vox, "The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about," 6 Dec. 2018 In the space of eight hours, Trump had moved from doubting the utility of the mutual defense alliance and provoking an extraordinary emergency session of its members to declaring the pact stronger than ever. Zeke Miller, Washington Post, "Analysis: Trump’s questionable claims of success," 13 July 2018 During his 28 hours there, Trump disparaged longtime NATO allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defense organization and sent the 29-member pact into a frenzied emergency session. Jill Colvin And Jonathan Lemire, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump praises May after throwing barbs, then meets the queen," 13 July 2018 During his 28 hours there, Trump had disparaged longtime NATO allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defense organization and sent the 29-member pact into a frenzied emergency session. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, chicagotribune.com, "Explosive Trump tabloid interview adds to chaos on 1st British visit," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of pact

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pact

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin pactum, from neuter of pactus, past participle of pacisci to agree, contract; akin to Old English fōn to seize, Latin pax peace, pangere to fix, fasten, Greek pēgnynai

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pact

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English Language Learners Definition of pact

: a formal agreement between two countries, people, or groups especially to help each other or to stop fighting

pact

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