contact ( contacts plural & 3rd person present) ( contacting present participle) ( contacted past tense & past participle )
1 n-uncount Contact involves meeting or communicating with someone, especially regularly.
also N in pl, oft N with/between n
Opposition leaders are denying any contact with the government in Kabul..., He forbade contacts between directors and executives outside his presence.
2 If you are in contactwith someone, you regularly meet them or communicate with them.
in contact (with sb) phrase usu v-link PHR, oft PHR with n
He was in direct contact with the kidnappers..., We do keep in contact.
3 verb If you contact 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... V n
When she first contacted me Frances was upset. V n
4 n-uncount If you come into contact with someone or something, you meet that person or thing in the course of your work or other activities.
into N with n
The college has brought me into contact with western ideas.
5 If you make contactwith someone, you find out where they are and talk or write to them.
make contact (with sb) phrase V inflects, PHR with n, pl-n V
Then, after she had become famous, he tried to make contact with her.
6 If you lose contactwith someone who you have been friendly with, you no longer see them, speak to them, or write to them.
lose contact (with sb) phrase V inflects, PHR with n, pl-n V
Though they all live nearby, I lost contact with them really quickly..., Mother and son lost contact when Nicholas was in his early twenties.
7 n-uncount When people or things are in contact, they are touching each other.
oft in/into N with n
They compared how these organisms behaved when left in contact with different materials..., The cry occurs when air is brought into contact with the baby's larynx..., There was no physical contact, nor did I want any...
8 n-uncount Radio contact is communication by means of radio.
...a technical problem reported by the pilot moments before he lost contact with the control tower.
9 n-count A contact is someone you know in an organization or profession who helps you or gives you information.
Their contact in the United States Embassy was called Phil.
to make eye contact