Definition of pact
: 4compact; especially : an international treaty
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.
Recent Examples of pact from the Web
The pact also includes a 33-week season in the first year and 34-week seasons in the second and third years.
The Emerald Coast pact processes the recyclables in Mobile.
This time around, the Kings actually found some decent takers in George Hill, who agreed to a three-year deal worth $57 million (the final year of which is not fully guaranteed), and Zach Randolph, who will sign a two-year pact for $24 million.
That pact sought to prevent the spread of atomic arms beyond the five original weapons powers — the U.S., Russia, Britain, France and China.
Environmental groups have expressed worry that drafts of the pact fall short on several issues, including curbing the illegal timber trade and tackling overfishing.
There’s one other main benefit in the pact for KU students: The athletic department will reserve 20 season tickets for Pell Grant-eligible, low-income and first-generation students.
The Trump administration signed off on a similar pact with Florida in April, increasing extra Medicaid funds to that state from $600 million a year to $1.5 billion annually.
From the broken Paris climate pact to the collapsing ice shelf in Antarctica, climate issues have dominated recent headlines.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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: a formal agreement between two countries, people, or groups especially to help each other or to stop fighting
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