compact

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[ adjective kuhm-pakt, kom-, kom-pakt; verb kuhm-pakt; noun kom-pakt ]
/ adjective kəmˈpækt, kɒm-, ˈkɒm pækt; verb kəmˈpækt; noun ˈkɒm pækt /

adjective

verb (used with object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. comox,
  2. comp,
  3. comp time,
  4. comp.,
  5. comp. gen.,
  6. compact bone,
  7. compact camera,
  8. compact disc,
  9. compact disc erasable,
  10. compact disc player

Origin of compact

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1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin compāctus (past participle of compingere to shut away, bind together), equivalent to com- com- + pag-, variant stem of pangere to fix, arrange (akin to pāx peace; cf. pact, compact2) + -tus past participle suffix

Related forms

compact

2
[ kom-pakt ]
/ ˈkɒm pækt /

noun

a formal agreement between two or more parties, states, etc.; contract: the proposed economic compact between Germany and France.

Origin of compact

2
1580–90; < Latin compactum, compectum, noun use of neuter of compactus (past participle of compacīscī to make an agreement), equivalent to com- com- + pac- (stem of pacīscī to secure by negotiation, akin to pāx settlement ending hostilities, peace) + -tus past participle ending

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British Dictionary definitions for compact

compact

1

adjective (kəmˈpækt, ˈkɒmpækt)

verb (kəmˈpækt) (tr)

noun (ˈkɒmpækt)

Derived Formscompacter, nouncompaction, nouncompactly, adverbcompactness, noun

Word Origin for compact

C16: from Latin compactus, from compingere to put together, from com- together + pangere to fasten

noun

an official contract or agreement

Word Origin for compact

C16: from Latin compactum, from compaciscī to agree, from com- together + paciscī to contract; see pact

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