pact

[ pakt ]
/ pækt /

noun

an agreement, covenant, or compact: We made a pact not to argue any more.
an agreement or treaty between two or more nations: a pact between Germany and Italy.

Origin of pact

1400–50; late Middle English pact(e) < Middle French < Latin pactum, noun use of neuter of past participle of pacīscī to make a bargain, contract
Can be confusedpacked pact
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British Dictionary definitions for pact

pact

/ (pækt) /

noun

an agreement or compact between two or more parties, nations, etc, for mutual advantage

Word Origin for pact

C15: from Old French pacte, from Latin pactum, from pacīscī to agree
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Word Origin and History for pact

pact


n.

early 15c., from Old French pacte "agreement, treaty, compact" (14c.), from Latin pactum "agreement, contract, covenant," noun use of neuter past participle of pacisci "to covenant, to agree, make a treaty," from PIE root *pag- "fix, join together, unite, make firm" (cf. Sanskrit pasa- "cord, rope," Avestan pas- "to fetter," Greek pegnynai "to fix, make firm, fast or solid," Latin pangere "to fix, to fasten," Slavonic paž "wooden partition," Old English fegan "to join," fon "to catch seize").

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