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"contact" in British English

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contactnoun

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 betweenteachers and ​parents. I've been ​busy at ​home and have ​hardly had any contact with the ​outsideworld. I'd ​hate to lose contact with my ​collegefriends. She ​finally made contact with him in Italy. Air ​trafficcontrol lostradio contact with the ​pilot of the ​plane ten ​minutes before the ​accident. The ​schoolneeds a contact number (= ​phonenumber, ​especially for ​emergencies) for ​parents during ​schoolhours.

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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 withyourskin. Have you been in contact with (= ​touched or been very near) anyone with the ​disease? He ​hates physical contact of any ​kind - he doesn't ​even like to ​shakeyourhand.

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  • contact noun (PERSON)

A2 [C] a ​person, ​especially someone in a high ​position, who can give you ​usefulinformation or ​introductions that will ​help you at ​work or ​socially: I don't really ​know how she got the ​job, but I ​think her ​mother has contacts. He gave me the ​name of one of his contacts in a ​designfirm, who ​offered me a ​job. 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 circuitcomplete when it ​touches another ​part
  • contact noun (FOR EYES)

[C] (also contact lens) a ​small round ​curvedpiece of ​transparentplastic, ​worn on the ​surface of the ​eye to ​improveyoursight
  • contact noun (PHOTOGRAPH)

[C] (also contact print) a ​photographproduced by ​allowinglight to ​pass through the film onto ​paper that is ​pressedtightly to it

contactverb [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 also at) (= ​speak to me using the ​phone) 388 9146. Unless the ​money is ​paid, we will be contacting ​ourlegaldepartment.

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contactable
adjective uk   us   /kənˈtæk.tə.bl̩/
Is he contactable at his ​homenumber?
(Definition of contact from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"contact" in American English

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contactnoun

 us   /ˈkɑn·tækt/
  • contact noun (COMMUNICATION)

[U] communication with someone, or with a ​group or ​organization: Have you ​kept in contact with ​yourfriends from ​college? The ​pilot was always in contact with an ​airtrafficcontroller.
  • contact noun (TOUCH)

[U] the ​touching of two ​objects or ​surfaces: Don’t ​let that ​glue come into contact with ​yourskin.
  • contact noun (HELPFUL PERSON)

[C] a ​person whom you ​know and who may be ​able to ​help you in a ​useful way, esp. by ​influencing other ​people or by ​sharingknowledge with you: He ​tried to use his contacts to get a ​betterjob in ​advertising. [C] A contact is also a ​person you ​meet: My face-to-face contacts ​outside of the ​office had been ​mostlyhotelclerks, policemen, and ​waitresses.
contact
verb [T]  us   /ˈkɑn·tækt/
I ​tried to contact him at his ​office but he was out to ​lunch.
(Definition of contact from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"contact" in Business English

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contactnoun

uk   us   /ˈkɒntækt/
[U] communication with someone, especially by speaking or writing to them ​regularly: be/get/keep in contact with sb We have been in contact with similar ​organizations in several countries.establish/make contact with sb Experience has taught me the best way to make a good first ​impression is to make contact with as many ​people in the ​organization as you can.contact between sb (and sb) The first contact between ​contractingparties will ​normally be the ​sending out of a ​pricelist or ​catalogue.contact details/information/number The HR ​departmentkeeps the contact details of all ​members of ​staff.in close/direct/regular contact with sb 44% of his ​workingtime is ​spent in ​direct contact with ​clients. Under the new ​code, ​shareholders will have a ​senior non-executive ​director, aside from the ​chairman, who will ​act as their point of contact on the ​board.
[C] a ​person, especially in a high ​position, who can give you useful ​information or ​introductions that will ​help you at ​work: good/useful/valuable contacts Conferences are good ​places to make useful contacts. He's got a contact in London who ​buys the ​goods off him. Sharing a ​meal with ​clients or ​colleagues can ​strengthen business contacts and ​improvecareerprospects. a network of contacts

contactverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈkɒntækt/
to communicate with someone by ​phoning them or ​sending them a ​letter, ​email, etc.: contact sb for sth The ​distributor should be contacted for further ​information on these ​requirements.contact sb at/on You can contact the ​manager directly on this ​number, or at his ​websiteaddress.
contactable
adjective
Please ensure that you are contactable at all ​times while the ​deal is going through.
(Definition of contact from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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