noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin pactum, from neuter of pactus, past participle of pacisci to agree, contract; akin to Old English fōn to seize, Latin pax peace, pangere to fix, fasten, Greek pēgnynai Date: 15th century compact IV; especially an international treaty

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  • pact — [pækt] n [Date: 1400 1500; : French; Origin: pacte, from Latin pactum, from pacisci to agree ] a formal agreement between two groups, countries, or people, especially to help each other or to stop fighting ▪ the Warsaw pact make/sign a pact ▪ The …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pact — PACT, pacte, s.n. 1. Denumire dată unor tratate internaţionale, bilaterale sau multilaterale, cu caracter solemn, privind relaţiile politice între state, încheiate în special în scopul menţinerii păcii sau al colaborării strânse între semnatari.… …   Dicționar Român

  • PACT — was a series of compilers for the IBM 701 and IBM 704 scientific computers. Their development was conducted jointly by IBM and a committee of customers starting in 1954. PACT I was developed for the 701, and PACT IA for the 704. The emphasis in… …   Wikipedia

  • pact — I noun agreement, alliance, arrangement, assurance, bargain, bond, charter, coalition, compact, compromise, concord, concordance, concordat, consentaneity, consortium, contract, convention, cooperation, covenant, deal, entente, foedus, guarantee …   Law dictionary

  • pact — (p[a^]kt), n. [L. pactum, fr. paciscere to make a bargain or contract, fr. pacere to settle, or agree upon; cf. pangere to fasten, Gr. phgny nai, Skr. p[=a][,c]a bond, and E. fang: cf. F. pacte. Cf. {Peace}, {Fadge}, v.] An agreement; a league; a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pact — [ pækt ] noun count * an agreement between two or more people or organizations in which they promise to do something: sign/make a pact to do something: We made a pact never to tell anyone about what had happened …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • Pact. — Pact.     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Ecclesiastical Abbreviations     ► Abbreviation in general use, chiefly Ecclesiastical     Pactum ( Agreement ) The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VIII. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Nihil Obstat. 1910 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • pact — (n.) early 15c., from O.Fr. pacte agreement, treaty, compact, from L. pactum contract, covenant, from neut. pp. of pacisci to covenant, to agree, make a treaty, from PIE root *pag fix, join together, unite, make firm (Cf. Skt. pasa cord, rope,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pact — compact, *contract, bargain, treaty, entente, convention, cartel, concordat …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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