Complete Definition of "contact"

English

Pronunciation
audio|en-us-contact.ogg|Audio (US)

Etymology
From L. contactus, from contingere (to touch on all sides), from tangere (to touch). Used in English since the 17th Century.

Noun
en-noun

  1. The act of touching physically.
  2. The establishment of communication (with).
  3. colloquial A contact lens.
  4. (electrical) a device designed for repetitive connections.

#:Touch the contact to ground and read the number again.

  1. Someone with whom one is in communication.

#:The salesperson had a whole binder full of contacts for potential clients.

Derived terms
body contact
contact hitter
contactable
eye contact
first contact
point of contact / POC

Translations
trans-top|an act of touching physically
Arabic: ARchar|ÙÙÙاÙÙسÙÙ
Chinese:
:Mandarin: zh-ts|æ¥è§¸|æ¥è§¦ (jiÄchù)
Danish: kontakt, forbindelse
Dutch: contact#Dutch|contact
Finnish: kontakti, kosketus
French: contact#French|contact m
German: Kontakt m, Berührung f
Greek: εÏαÏή (epafí) f
Italian: contatto m
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Japanese: t|ja|scJpan|æ¥è§¦|trsesshoku
Mandarin: zh-ts|æ¥è§¸|æ¥è§¦ (jiÄchù)
Portuguese: (Brazil) contato m, (Portugal) contacto m
Russian: конÑÐ°ÐºÑ (kontákt) m
Spanish: contacto m
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trans-top|an establishment of communication
Arabic: ARchar|إتÙÙصاÙ
Chinese:
:Mandarin: zh-ts|è¯ç¹«|èç³» (liánxì), zh-ts|交å¾|äº¤å¾ (jiÄowÇng), zh-ts|éè¨|é讯 (tÅngxùn)
Czech: kontakt, spojení
Dutch: contact#Dutch|contact
Finnish: yhteydenotto, kontakti, yhteys
French: contact#French|contact m
German: Kontakt m, Verbindung f
Greek: εÏικοινÏνία (epikinonía) f
Italian: contatto m
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Japanese: t|ja|scJpan|æ¥è§¦|trsesshoku
Portuguese: (Brazil) contato m, (Portugal) contacto m
Romanian: legÄturÄ f
Russian: конÑÐ°ÐºÑ (kontákt) m, ÑвÑÐ·Ñ (svâz')
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trans-top|colloquial: a contact lens
Chinese:
:Mandarin: zh-ts|é±å½¢ç¼é¡|éå½¢ç¼é (yÇnxíngyÇnjìng)
See contact lens
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trans-top|electrical: a device designed for repetitive connections
trans-mid
Chinese:
:Mandarin: zh-ts|觸é»|è§¦ç¹ (chùdiÇn)
Japanese: t|ja|scJpan|æ¥ç¹|trsetten, t|ja|scJpan|端å­|trtanshi
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trans-top|someone with whom one is in communication
Chinese:
:Mandarin: zh-ts|è¯ç¹«|èç³» (liánxì)
Finnish: kontakti, yhteyshenkilö
Greek: ÏÏνδεÏÎ¼Î¿Ï (sindesmos) m, εÏαÏή (epafí) f
Italian: contatto m
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Japanese: t|ja|scJpan|é£çµ¡å|trrenraku-saki, t|ja|scJpan|ãåãåãã|tro toiawase
Portuguese: (Brazil) contato m, (Portugal) contacto m
Russian: конÑÐ°ÐºÑ (kontákt) m
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ttbc|Korean: ì ì´
ttbc|Spanish: contacto m

Transitive verb
rfc-trverb|Transitive verb
en-verb

  1. To bring something into contact

#:The side of the train contacted the gantry

  1. To establish communication with something or someone

#:I am trying to contact my sister

Translations

trans-top|touch physically
Chinese:
:Mandarin: zh-ts|æ¥è§¸|æ¥è§¦ (jiÄchù)
Dutch: aanraken
Finnish: koskea
French: toucher
German: berühren
Ido: kontaktar
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Japanese: t|ja|scJpan|æ¥è§¦ãã|trsesshoku suru, t|ja|scJpan|æ¥ç¶ãã|trsetsuzoku suru
Portuguese: entrar em contato, tocar
Telugu: à°à°à°à±à°à±à°¨à± (aMTukonu), à°®à±à°à±à°à±à°à±à°¨à± (muTTukonu), తాà°à± (taaku)
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trans-top|establish communication with
Chinese:
:Mandarin: zh-ts|è¯ç¹«|èç³» (liánxì)
Danish: kontakte
Dutch: contacteren
Finnish: ottaa yhteyttä, ottaa yhteys
French: contacter
German: kontaktieren
Hebrew: ××צ×ר קשר (litzor qesher)
Italian: contattare
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Japanese: t|ja|scJpan|é£çµ¡ãã|trrenraku suru
Portuguese: entrar em contato, contatar, contactar
Romanian: contacta|a contacta
Russian: конÑакÑиÑоваÑÑ (kontaktirovat'), ÑвÑзÑваÑÑÑÑ/ÑвÑзаÑÑÑÑ (sv'ázyvat's'a/sv'azat's'a)
Spanish: contactar
Swedish: kontakta
Telugu: à°¸à°à°ªà°°à±à°à°¿à°à°à± (saMparkiMchu)
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ttbc|Spanish: entrar en contacto con

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