Meaning of CONTACT in English

CONTACT

/ ˈkɒntækt; NAmE ˈkɑːn-/ noun , verb

■ noun

ACT OF COMMUNICATING

1.

[ U ] contact (with sb) | contact (between A and B) the act of communicating with sb, especially regularly :

I don't have much contact with my uncle.

There is little contact between the two organizations.

Have you kept in contact with any of your friends from college (= do you still see them or speak or write to them) ?

She's lost contact with (= no longer sees or writes to) her son.

I finally made contact with (= succeeded in speaking to or meeting) her in Paris.

The organization put me in contact with other people in a similar position (= gave me their addresses or telephone numbers) .

two people avoiding eye contact (= avoiding looking directly at each other)

Here's my contact number (= temporary telephone number) while I'm away.

TOUCHING SB / STH

2.

[ U ] the state of touching sth :

His fingers were briefly in contact with the ball.

This substance should not come into contact with food.

a fear of physical contact

This pesticide kills insects on contact (= as soon as it touches them) .

MEETING SB / STH

3.

[ U ] the state of meeting sb or having to deal with sth :

In her job she often comes into contact with (= meets) lawyers.

Children should be brought into contact with poetry at an early age.

RELATIONSHIP

4.

[ C , usually pl. ] an occasion on which you meet or communicate with sb; a relationship with sb :

We have good contacts with the local community.

The company has maintained trade contacts with India.

PERSON

5.

[ C ] a person that you know, especially sb who can be helpful to you in your work :

social / personal contacts

I've made some useful contacts in journalism.

ELECTRICAL

6.

[ C ] an electrical connection :

The switches close the contacts and complete the circuit.

FOR EYES

7.

contacts [ pl. ] ( informal ) = contact lenses

MEDICAL

8.

[ C ] a person who may be infectious because he or she has recently been near to sb with a contagious disease

IDIOMS

see point noun

■ verb

[ vn ] to communicate with sb, for example by telephone or letter :

I've been trying to contact you all day.

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WORD ORIGIN

early 17th cent.: from Latin contactus , from contact- touched, grasped, bordered on, from the verb contingere , from con- together with + tangere to touch.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.