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Oxford Advanced Learner
act of communicating
[U] ~ (with sb)
~ (between A and B) the act of communicating with sb, especially regularly: I don't have much contact with my uncle. ◆ There is little contact between the two organizations. ◆ Have you kept in contact with any of your friends from college (= do you still see them or speak or write to them)? ◆ She's lost contact with (= no longer sees or writes to) her son. ◆ I finally made contact with (= succeeded in speaking to or meeting) her in Paris. ◆ The organization put me in contact with other people in a similar position (= gave me their addresses or telephone numbers). ◆ two people avoiding eye contact (= avoiding looking directly at each other) ◆ Here's my contact number (= temporary telephone number) while I'm away.
touching sb / sth
[U] the state of touching sth: His fingers were briefly in contact with the ball. ◆ This substance should not come into contact with food. ◆ a fear of physical contact ◆ She blushed at the sudden contact of his hand against her arm. ◆ This pesticide kills insects on contact (= as soon as it touches them). ◆ This chemical is liable to explode on contact with water.
meeting sb / sth
[U] the state of meeting sb or having to deal with sth: In her job she often comes into contact with (= meets) lawyers. ◆ Children should be brought into contact with poetry at an early age.
[C, usually pl.] an occasion on which you meet or communicate with sb; a relationship with sb: We have good contacts with the local community. ◆ The company has maintained trade contacts with India.
[C] a person that you know, especially sb who can be helpful to you in your work: social / personal contacts ◆ I've made some useful contacts in journalism. ◆ She has several contacts in New York.
[C] an electrical connection: The switches close the contacts and complete the circuit.
(contacts) [pl.] (informal) = CONTACT LENSES
[C] a person who may be infectious because he or she has recently been near to sb with a CONTAGIOUS disease
Idioms see POINT n.
verb [VN] to communicate with sb, for example by telephone or letter: I've been trying to contact you all day. ◆ Witnesses to the accident are asked to contact the police.