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contact

noun uk   /ˈkɒn.tækt/ us    /ˈkɑːn-/

contact noun (COMMUNICATION)

B1 [U] communication with someone, especially by speaking or writing to them regularly: "Have you been in contact with Andrew recently?" "Only by phone." I'm still in contact with her - we write a couple of times a year. There isn't enough contact between teachers and parents. I've been busy at home and have hardly had any contact with the outside world. I'd hate to lose contact with my old school friends. She finally made contact with him in Italy. Air traffic control lost radio contact with the pilot of the aircraft ten minutes before the accident. The school likes to have a contact number (= phone number, especially for emergencies) for parents during school hours.
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contact noun (TOUCH)

C1 [U] the fact of two people or things touching each other: Don't let that glue come into contact with your skin. Have you been in contact with (= touched or been very near) anyone with the disease? He hates physical contact of any sort - he doesn't even like to shake your hand.
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contact noun (PERSON)

A2 [C] a person, especially someone in a high position, who can give you useful information or introductions that will help you at work or socially: I don't really know how she got the job, but I suspect her mother's got contacts. If you need more stationery, I've got a good contact in a local printing firm. We're building up (= increasing the number of) our contacts in the business.
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contact noun (ELECTRICITY)

[C] a part in a circuit that makes the circuit complete when it touches another part

contact

verb [T] uk   /ˈkɒn.tækt/ us    /ˈkɑːn-/
A2 to communicate with someone by calling or sending them a letter, email, etc.: I tried to contact him at his office, but he wasn't in. You can contact me on ( US at) (= speak to me by phoning) 388 9146. Unless the money is returned, we shall shortly be contacting our legal department.
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contactable
adjective uk   /kənˈtæk.tə.bl̩/ us  
Is he contactable at his home number?
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