Definition of pact in English:

pact

noun

  • A formal agreement between individuals or parties.

    ‘the country negotiated a trade pact with the US’
    • ‘All constitutional parties opposed to the pact were unionist, and they had no such difficulty in uniting.’
    • ‘Traditionally, the Congress has eschewed formal, pre-poll pacts.’
    • ‘If free trade were the only purpose of these trade pacts, the agreements could be written on a few sheets of paper.’
    • ‘The main focus of these proposals is eradication pacts with community or individual growers.’
    • ‘It was more than just a pact of convenience over elections or some specific campaign.’
    • ‘The main obstacle for all of the nationalist parties remains the preamble to the current pact.’
    • ‘Parties form little pacts to suit themselves - pacts of convenience.’
    • ‘Oblivious, the party bosses clung on, negotiating pacts and deals, blocking any new ideas or initiatives.’
    • ‘They should not have interrupted the Assembly's business as it dealt with the trade pact.’
    • ‘But formal pacts are much rarer in by-election campaigns.’
    • ‘For the time being at least, all three leaders ruled out any kind of formal political pacts and said there would have to be greater discussion between the parties.’
    • ‘The meeting was the first since the creation of the pact to be attended by the head of the government.’
    • ‘In this instance, private organizations negotiated and signed pacts on behalf of the governments of both sides, the report said.’
    • ‘Union officials justified the pacts on the ground that the alternative was the elimination of the entire union contract.’
    • ‘Besides, global trade pacts enjoin member states to bring down tariff walls.’
    • ‘But how did that fit in with the political pacts that were being elaborated in Ceylon?’
    • ‘The pact provided for a disarmament process to be supervised by regional peace monitors.’
    • ‘The idea of union pacts and solidarity arrangements between unions is an idea as old as the union movement itself.’
    • ‘But it also includes a push for tougher enforcement of trade pacts, including an assault on dumping and export subsidies.’
    • ‘There are no recognized oaths, contracts, or pacts that apply to friends, as there are for family members.’
    agreement, treaty, entente, protocol, deal, contract, settlement, arrangement, bargain, compact, obligation, understanding, covenant, bond, concord, concordat, convention
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Origin

Late Middle English from Old French, from Latin pactum ‘something agreed’, neuter past participle (used as a noun) of paciscere ‘agree’.

Pronunciation

pact

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