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Meaning & Definition of Contact in English





1. Close interaction

  • "They kept in daily contact"
  • "They claimed that they had been in contact with extraterrestrial beings"
  • contact

2. The act of touching physically

  • "Her fingers came in contact with the light switch"
  • contact,
  • physical contact

3. The state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity

  • "Litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid"
  • contact

4. The physical coming together of two or more things

  • "Contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull"
  • contact,
  • 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"
  • contact,
  • middleman

6. A channel for communication between groups

  • "He provided a liaison with the guerrillas"
  • liaison,
  • link,
  • contact,
  • 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"
  • contact,
  • tangency

8. A communicative interaction

  • "The pilot made contact with the base"
  • "He got in touch with his colleagues"
  • contact,
  • touch

9. A thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication

  • contact,
  • contact lens


1. Be in or establish communication with

  • "Our advertisements reach millions"
  • "He never contacted his children after he emigrated to australia"
  • reach,
  • get through,
  • get hold of,
  • contact

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"
  • touch,
  • adjoin,
  • meet,
  • contact

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