Definition of pact in US English:

pact

noun

  • A formal agreement between individuals or parties.

    • ‘All constitutional parties opposed to the pact were unionist, and they had no such difficulty in uniting.’
    • ‘If free trade were the only purpose of these trade pacts, the agreements could be written on a few sheets of paper.’
    • ‘The main obstacle for all of the nationalist parties remains the preamble to the current pact.’
    • ‘Oblivious, the party bosses clung on, negotiating pacts and deals, blocking any new ideas or initiatives.’
    • ‘But how did that fit in with the political pacts that were being elaborated in Ceylon?’
    • ‘Traditionally, the Congress has eschewed formal, pre-poll pacts.’
    • ‘The main focus of these proposals is eradication pacts with community or individual growers.’
    • ‘Parties form little pacts to suit themselves - pacts of convenience.’
    • ‘In this instance, private organizations negotiated and signed pacts on behalf of the governments of both sides, the report said.’
    • ‘Besides, global trade pacts enjoin member states to bring down tariff walls.’
    • ‘The pact provided for a disarmament process to be supervised by regional peace monitors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But formal pacts are much rarer in by-election campaigns.’
    • ‘The idea of union pacts and solidarity arrangements between unions is an idea as old as the union movement itself.’
    • ‘Union officials justified the pacts on the ground that the alternative was the elimination of the entire union contract.’
    • ‘It was more than just a pact of convenience over elections or some specific campaign.’
    • ‘They should not have interrupted the Assembly's business as it dealt with the trade pact.’
    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

/pakt//pækt/