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Definition of contact verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    

contact

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkɒntækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntækt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contact
BrE BrE//ˈkɒntækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntækt//
 
he / she / it contacts
BrE BrE//ˈkɒntækts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntækts//
 
past simple contacted
BrE BrE//ˈkɒntæktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntæktɪd//
 
past participle contacted
BrE BrE//ˈkɒntæktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntæktɪd//
 
-ing form contacting
BrE BrE//ˈkɒntæktɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntæktɪŋ//
 
Making calls
 
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 contact somebody to communicate with somebody, 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. See related entries: Making calls Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin contactus, from contact- ‘touched, grasped, bordered on’, from the verb contingere, from con- ‘together with’ + tangere ‘to touch’.Extra examples He can be contacted by phone on the number given below. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I’ve been trying to contact you all day.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: contact