Meaning of CONTACT in English

(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Contact involves meeting or communicating with someone, especially regularly.

Opposition leaders are denying any ~ with the government in Kabul...

He forbade ~s between directors and executives outside his presence.

N-UNCOUNT: also N in pl, oft N with/between n


If you are in ~ with someone, you regularly meet them or communicate with them.

He was in direct ~ with the kidnappers...

We do keep in ~.

PHRASE: usu v-link PHR, oft PHR with n


If you ~ someone, you telephone them, write to them, or go to see them in order to tell or ask them something.

Contact the Tourist Information Bureau for further details...

When she first ~ed me Frances was upset.

VERB: V n, V n


If you come into ~ with someone or something, you meet that person or thing in the course of your work or other activities.

The college has brought me into ~ with western ideas.

N-UNCOUNT: into N with n


If you make ~ with someone, you find out where they are and talk or write to them.

Then, after she had become famous, he tried to make ~ with her.

PHRASE: V inflects, PHR with n, pl-n V


If you lose ~ with someone who you have been friendly with, you no longer see them, speak to them, or write to them.

Though they all live nearby, I lost ~ with them really quickly...

Mother and son lost ~ when Nicholas was in his early twenties.

PHRASE: V inflects, PHR with n, pl-n V


When people or things are in ~, they are touching each other.

They compared how these organisms behaved when left in ~ with different materials...

The cry occurs when air is brought into ~ with the baby’s larynx...

There was no physical ~, nor did I want any...

N-UNCOUNT: oft in/into N with n


Radio ~ is communication by means of radio.

...a technical problem reported by the pilot moments before he lost ~ with the control tower.



A ~ is someone you know in an organization or profession who helps you or gives you information.

Their ~ in the United States Embassy was called Phil.



to make eye ~: see eye

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