con|tact1 [ `kan,tækt ] noun ***
▸ 1 communication
▸ 2 touching each other
▸ 3 contact lens
▸ 4 useful person you know
▸ 5 electrical machine part
1. ) count or uncount communication between people, countries, or organizations either by talking or writing:
contact between: There has been no direct contact between the two sides in the dispute.
contact with: Jury members must avoid contact with the defendants and their families.
have contact: He is no longer allowed to have any contact with his children.
be in (close/regular) contact: The school and other care organizations have been in close contact.
lose contact: I have lost contact with most of my college friends.
get/keep/stay in contact: Do you and Jo still keep in contact?
come into contact: In Paris she came into contact with other young writers.
put someone in contact: I asked her if she could put me in contact with a good piano teacher.
make contact: I've been calling him for weeks but I still haven't made contact.
bring someone into contact: Our work brings us into contact every day.
a ) uncount if you have contact with a new idea or way of life, you learn about it by communicating with other people:
These people have had very little contact with the modern world.
2. ) uncount a situation in which people or things touch each other:
The disease is spread through sexual contact.
on contact with: The chemicals become activated on contact with soil.
come into contact (with): Make sure the wires do not come into contact with water.
4. ) count someone you know who can help you, for example by finding work for you or giving you information:
She has a contact in the software industry.
5. ) count an electrical part in a machine that touches another part when you switch it on
con|tact 2 [ `kan,tækt ] verb transitive ***
to write to someone or talk to them on the telephone:
Anyone with any information about the incident should contact the police.
You can always contact me at my home number.
His staff were unable to contact him by telephone.
con|tact 3 [ `kan,tækt ] adjective only before noun
1. ) a contact address or telephone number is one that people can use to write to you or talk to you:
Please give your name, address, and an emergency contact number.
2. ) having an effect when one thing touches another:
a contact explosive/weedkiller

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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  • contact — [ kɔ̃takt ] n. m. • 1586; didact. av. XIXe; lat. contactus, rac. tangere « toucher » → tact 1 ♦ Position, état relatif de corps qui se touchent. Contact fugitif, prolongé. Certaines maladies se communiquent par contact direct. ⇒ contagieux.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Contact FM — Contact (radio) Création 1982 Propriétaire Contact Groupe Slogan « Enjoy Your Life ! » Langue Français Pays …   Wikipédia en Français

  • contact — con‧tact [ˈkɒntækt ǁ ˈkɑːn ] noun [countable] a person you know who may be able to help or advise you, especially because of the work they do: • He has a lot of contacts in the media. • There are some excellent opportunities around, if you ask… …   Financial and business terms

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  • Contact — (englisch für Kontakt) steht für: Contact!, Album der italienischen Band Eiffel 65 Contact (Band), österreichisches Popduo Contact (Computerspiel), Videospiel für Nintendo DS Contact (Legespiel), Kinderspiel von Ken Garland Contact (Roman), Roman …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Contact FM — City of license Hamilton Broadcast area Hamilton Worldwide (Internet) Frequency 88.1 MHz First air date 1976 Format Student radio …   Wikipedia

  • contact — n Contact, touch mean the state or fact of coming into direct connection or close association with someone or something. Contact implies the mutual relation between two bodies that impinge upon each other {the tangent at its point of contact with …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • contact — [kän′takt΄; ] for v. [, ] occas. [ kən takt′] n. [L contactus, pp. of contingere, to touch, seize < com , together + tangere, to touch: see TACT] 1. the act or state of touching or meeting [two surfaces in contact] 2. the state or fact of… …   English World dictionary

  • Contact 94 — was a radio station that broadcast from France to the Channel Islands between 1988 and 1991.[1] See also Channel 103 BBC Radio Jersey Island FM BBC Radio Guernsey References ^ Contact 94 Reunion September 2008, Paul Easton Flickr Page …   Wikipedia

  • Contact — Con tact (k[o^]n t[a^]kt), n. [L. contactus, fr. contingere, tactum, to touch on all sides. See {Contingent}.] 1. A close union or junction of bodies; a touching or meeting. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geom.) The property of two curves, or surfaces, which …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contact — (n.) 1620s, action of touching, from L. contactus a touching, from pp. of contingere to touch, seize, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + tangere to touch (see TANGENT (Cf. tangent)). Figurative sense of connection, communication …   Etymology dictionary

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