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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 /
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adjective
verb (used with object)
noun
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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 pāxpeace; cf. pact, compact2) + -tus past participle suffix

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Other definitions for compact (2 of 2)

compact2
[ 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

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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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See agreement.
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British Dictionary definitions for compact (1 of 2)

compact1

adjective (kəmˈpækt, ˈkɒmpækt)
verb (kəmˈpækt) (tr)
noun (ˈkɒmpækt)

Derived forms of compact

compacter, nouncompaction, nouncompactly, adverbcompactness, noun

Word Origin for compact

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

British Dictionary definitions for compact (2 of 2)

compact2
/ (ˈkɒmpækt) /

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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