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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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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin compāctus (past participle of compingere “to shut away, put away, bind together”), equivalent to com- prefix + pag-, stem of pangere “to fix, arrange” + -tus past participle suffix; see com-; cf. peace; pact, compact2)

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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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First recorded in 1550–60; from Latin compactum, compectum, noun use of neuter of compactus (past participle of compacīscī “to make an agreement”), equivalent to com- prefix + pac- (stem of pacīscī “to secure by negotiation” + -tus past participle ending); see com-; cf. compact1, pact, peace

synonym study for compact

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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