\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web But the agreement brokered by Turkey and the U.N. is running up against the reality of how difficult and risky the pact will be to carry out. Aya Batrawy, ajc, 27 July 2022 The final pact is for 10 years, without an opt-out clause. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 But Friday's pact was the first time that representatives from the warring countries have publicly signed an agreement. Arkansas Online, 23 July 2022 But Friday’s pact was the first time that representatives from the warring countries have publicly signed an agreement., 22 July 2022 Most alliance officials agree the pact is void not only because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but because the Kremlin has stationed Russian troops in Belarus, within easy menacing distance of Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and her political allies are indefatigable in their attempt to railroad Congress into agreeing to a global tax deal, and their latest argument is that the pact will be good for U.S. competitiveness. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 8 May 2022 Netflix pact is additive to the studio’s full theatrical slate. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 14 Apr. 2022 Such a pact would be the first since Spain emerged from dictatorship in the late 1970s and flirted with hyperinflation triggered by an oil embargo. Alonso Soto,, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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