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
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.
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.
Critical details of the pact must still be agreed upon in coming months and defense experts warned the initiative could still collapse.
The Houston Chronicle reported that the two people in the pickup were an elderly Winnie couple who had been missing since Tuesday and may have had a suicide pact, according to officials.
Despite President Donald Trump's recent decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, across the nation, several state and local officials are carrying on with the terms of the pact.
MacNaughton warned that a widespread renegotiation of the pact would take more time and that there will no doubt be challenges in U.S.-Canada ties -- including over steel, aluminum, lumber and climate change.
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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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