contact - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] communication between people, countries, or organizations either by talking or writing
    contact between:

    There has been no direct contact between the two sides in the dispute.

    contact with:

    Jury members must avoid contact with the defendants and their families.

    have contact:

    He is no longer allowed to have any contact with his children.

    be in (close/regular) contact:

    The school and other care organizations have been in close contact.

    get/keep/stay in contact:

    Do you and Jo still keep in contact?

    come into contact:

    In Paris she came into contact with other young writers.

    put someone in contact:

    I asked her if she could put me in contact with a good piano teacher.

    make contact:

    I’ve been calling him for weeks but I still haven’t made contact.

    lose contact:

    I have lost contact with most of my university friends.

    bring someone into contact:

    Our work brings us into contact every day.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] if you have contact with a new idea or way of life, you learn about it by communicating with other people

      These people have had very little contact with the modern world.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] a situation in which people or things touch each other

    The disease is spread through sexual contact.

    on contact with:

    The chemicals become activated on contact with soil.

    come into contact (with):

    Make sure the wires do not come into contact with water.

  3. 3
    [countable] someone you know who can help you, for example by finding work for you or giving you information

    I’ll talk to one of my contacts in the software business.

  4. 4
    [countable] physics a place where two electrical conductors meet and where electric current passes between them
  5. 5
    [countable] informal a contact lens