contact

con|tact1 W2S3 [ˈkɔntækt US ˈka:n-] n
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1¦(communication)¦
2¦(touch)¦
3¦(experience)¦
4¦(person)¦
5 contacts
6 point of contact
7¦(electrical)¦
8¦(eyes)¦
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[Date: 1600-1700; : French; Origin: Latin contactus, from the past participle of contigere; CONTINGENT1]
1.) ¦(COMMUNICATION)¦[U]
communication with a person, organization, country etc
contact with/between
There is very little contact between the two tribes.
Few people have daily contact with mentally disabled people.
be/get/stay/keep in contact (with sb)
We stay in contact by email.
We'd like to make contact with other schools in the area.
The children lost contact with their families (=they no longer see them because they do not know where to find them) .
the ship's failure to make radio contact
She put me in contact with an expert in the field (=she gave me their name, telephone number etc) .
face-to-face/social/personal contact
(=talking to someone who is with you)
There is little personal contact with customers.
staff who have direct contact with the patient
The town is cut off from contact with the outside world.
2.) ¦(TOUCH)¦[U]
when two people or things touch each other
contact with/between
Children need physical contact with a caring adult.
The disease spreads by sexual contact between infected animals.
in contact with sth
For a second, his hand was in contact with mine.
When water comes into contact with air, carbon dioxide is released.
on contact (with sth)
The bomb exploded on contact (=at the moment it touched something) .
3.) ¦(EXPERIENCE)¦[U]
when you meet someone or experience a particular kind of thing
Everyone who came into contact with Di felt better for knowing her.
Pat's job brings her into contact with the problems people face when they retire.
4.) ¦(PERSON)¦ [C usually plural]
a person you know who may be able to help or advise you
He has a lot of contacts in the media.
a worldwide network of contacts
business/personal contacts
5.) contacts [plural]
a situation in which you can communicate easily with a group, country etc
contacts with/between
We have good contacts with the local community.
He goes to great lengths to maintain these contacts.
the establishment of diplomatic contacts
6.) point of contact
a) a place you go to or a person you meet when you ask an organization for help
first/initial point of contact
Primary health care teams are the first point of contact for users of the service.
b) a way in which two different things are related
finding a point of contact between theory and practice
c) the part of something where another thing touches it
The sting causes swelling at the point of contact.
7.) ¦(ELECTRICAL)¦
an electrical part that completes a ↑circuit when it touches another part
8.) ¦(EYES)¦ informal
a contact lens
eye contact ateye1 (5)
contact 2
contact2 W2S3 v [T]
to write to or telephone someone
Give the names of two people who can be contacted in an emergency.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.
>contactable adj [not before noun]
A mobile phone makes you contactable wherever you are.
contact 3
contact3 adj [only before noun]
1.) contact number/address/details
a telephone number or address where someone can be found if necessary
If you are babysitting, make sure you have a contact number for the parents.
2.) contact explosives or chemicals become active when they touch something
contact poisons

Dictionary of contemporary 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 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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