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.
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 century
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Definition of pact for English Language Learners
: a formal agreement between two countries, people, or groups especially to help each other or to stop fighting
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