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
After Paris: In the aftermath of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord, many world leaders have expressed disappointment in the U.S. and reaffirmed their own commitment to the pact.
The pact is also wildly unpopular among the French and German populaces.
The Vatican and companies as diverse as Exxon Mobil Corp. and Apple Inc., as well as Tesla, had urged the president to remain in the pact.
Syria has been mired in civil war and is not a part of the Paris pact.
Crosby and her grandmother made a pact to someday bring home her father’s remains and bury him in his hometown of San Diego.
The extended segment seamlessly morphs from shadowy Devil’s pact into ensemble dance number, and finally a bland cover of the song by a white singing group.
That’s raising concerns in guerrilla ranks that a future administration might undermine the pact.
Beyond pushing to maintain its state climate laws, California has tried to forge international climate pacts.
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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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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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