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Dictionary Definition



1 close interaction; "they kept in daily contact"; "they claimed that they had been in contact with extraterrestrial beings"
2 the state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity; "litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid"
3 the act of touching physically; "her fingers came in contact with the light switch"
4 the physical coming together of two or more things; "contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull" [syn: impinging, striking]
5 a person who is in a position to give you special assistance; "he used his business contacts to get an introduction to the governor" [syn: middleman]
6 a channel for communication between groups; "he provided a liaison with the guerrillas" [syn: liaison, link, inter-group communication]
7 (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact; "they forget to solder the contacts" [syn: tangency]
8 a communicative interaction; "the pilot made contact with the base"; "he got in touch with his colleagues" [syn: touch]
9 a thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication [syn: contact lens]


1 be in or establish communication with; "Our advertisements reach millions"; "He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia" [syn: reach, get through, get hold of]
2 be in direct physical contact with; make contact; "The two buildings touch"; "Their hands touched"; "The wire must not contact the metal cover"; "The surfaces contact at this point" [syn: touch, adjoin, meet]

User Contributed Dictionary




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


  1. The act of touching physically.
  2. The establishment of communication (with).
    Touch the contact to ground and read the number again.
  3. Someone with whom one is in communication.
    The salesperson had a whole binder full of contacts for potential clients.
  4. A contact lens.
  5. a device designed for repetitive connections.


an act of touching physically
an establishment of communication
colloquial: a contact lens
See contact lens
electrical: a device designed for repetitive connections
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: (chùdiǎn)
  • Japanese: 接点, 端子
someone with whom one is in communication


  1. To bring something into contact
    The side of the train contacted the gantry
  2. To establish communication with something or someone
    I am trying to contact my sister


touch physically
establish communication with
The translations below need to be checked by native speakers and inserted into the appropriate table(s) above.

Extensive Definition

Contact means to touch physically or to communicate with.
Contact may also refer to one of the things below.

In social interaction

In science and technology

In professional terminology

  • Contact (law), in Family Law, deals with the right of parents or other significant persons to meet with and relate to a child
  • In military parlance, a contact is an encounter with the enemy that results in an engagement. Especially common in Britain and British trained/derived former Commonwealth armed forces.

In healthcare

Companies and organisations



Other media

contact in Czech: Kontakt
contact in Danish: Kontakt
contact in German: Contact
contact in Estonian: Kontakt (täpsustus)|Kontakt
contact in Spanish: Contacto
contact in Esperanto: Kontakto
contact in French: Contact
contact in Croatian: Kontakt
contact in Korean: 콘택트
contact in Italian: Contact
contact in Dutch: Contact
contact in Japanese: コンタクト
contact in Polish: Kontakt
contact in Russian: Контакт

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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