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contact

con·tact

contact

 
 
pronunciation:
kan taekt
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the physical touching of one thing to another.
Contact between people's hands is a common way that germs are spread.These chemicals cause burning, so you should avoid any direct contact with your skin.
synonyms:
meeting, touching
similar words:
abutment, connection, juxtaposition, opposition
definition 2: association; nearness.
You will come into contact with new people and new ideas when you go to college.You're very sick, so you should avoid contact with others for now.
synonyms:
association, touch
similar words:
closeness, contiguity, nearness, proximity
definition 3: a person considered useful or valuable as a means of gaining favor, getting specialized information, or of exerting influence; connection.
He used his political contacts to further his career.
synonyms:
connection
similar words:
acquaintance, in, liaison, reference
definition 4: communication.
She was not in contact with her family while she was travelling.They have lost contact with the pilot of the plane.
synonyms:
touch
similar words:
communication, liaison
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: contacted, contacting, contacts
definition 1: to touch; to come into or be in physical contact with.
If this cleaner contacts the skin, wash repeatedly with water.The customer abruptly raised his hand, which contacted the waiter's elbow and caused him to drop his tray.The bandage should not contact the wound directly.
synonyms:
touch
similar words:
brush, connect, graze, link
definition 2: to be in communication with (someone).
He's very late; did anyone contact him about the meeting?
synonyms:
communicate with, reach
similar words:
call, inform, meet, notify, phone, see, tell, write to
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to be in or make contact.
The two wires contact here.
synonyms:
touch
similar words:
connect, join, meet
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part of speech: adjective
definition: involving, maintaining, or caused by contact.
They don't play contact sports at that school.Rabies is an animal contact disease.
similar words:
contagious
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