Meaning of “pact” in the English Dictionary

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"pact" in British English

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pactnoun [ C ]

uk /pækt/ us /pækt/

C2 a formal agreement between two people or groups of people:

The United States and Canada have signed a free-trade pact.
[ + to infinitive ] Big drug companies plan to form a pact with the National Institutes of Health to share information.

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  • a non-aggression pact
  • The Nazi-Soviet pact carved up the Baltic states in 1939.
  • The leader of the religious sect and 30 of his followers killed themselves in a suicide pact last year.
  • They made a pact never to tell anyone about the accident.
  • Management have formed a pact with the unions.

(Definition of “pact” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pact" in American English

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pactnoun [ C ]

us /pækt/

a formal agreement between two people or groups of people:

a peace pact

(Definition of “pact” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pact" in Business English

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pactnoun [ C ]

uk /pækt/ us

a formal agreement between two or more people, groups of people, or organizations:

a pact with sb The free trade pact with the United States should be completed soon.
The company has signed a pact with its unions that guarantees no further job cuts.

(Definition of “pact” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)