Definition of person-to-person in English:


adjective & adverb

  • 1Taking place directly between individuals.

    [as adjective] ‘person-to-person transmission of the disease’
    [as adverb] ‘making contact with him person to person’
    • ‘The risk of person-to-person transmission of pulmonary anthrax is minimal.’
    • ‘Because person-to-person transmission does not occur, humans are therefore considered dead-end hosts.’
    • ‘So, in other words, it's probably not a person-to-person transmission.’
    • ‘The goal should be to establish a person-to-person relationship based on the wants and needs of individuals.’
    • ‘In most cases infection occurs by close person-to-person contact, but there are several cases now that we cannot explain by this model of transmission.’
    • ‘Once the epidemic has begun, the main mode of transmission is probably person-to-person.’
    • ‘Do they really want data transmission or is it really just they want person-to-person communication at all times?’
    • ‘So far, there has been no evidence of person-to-person transmission.’
    • ‘There is no person-to-person transmission, so the skin acts as natural barrier.’
    • ‘Several doctors assured me that, following the initial contact, person-to-person transmission of poison ivy is rare.’
    • ‘If you want to build a movement, you do it person-to-person.’
    • ‘What is it they say, something like only 5% of our person-to-person communication is in the actual words we use?’
    • ‘I just think you need some person-to-person contact in your education.’
    • ‘According to medical specialists, direct person-to-person spread of anthrax is extremely unlikely to occur.’
    • ‘And all of a sudden it's person-to-person contact.’
    • ‘The fact is this is a poorly infectious disease and in our experience in Western Europe, we have not seen any incidents of person-to-person spread.’
    • ‘In person-to-person auctions, individual sellers or small businesses offer their items for auction directly to consumers.’
    • ‘‘Ninety-nine percent of that has gone toward person-to-person canvassing,’ said Joy, who showed me around.’
    • ‘Transmission is through person-to-person contact by direct, even brief, head-to-head contact.’
    • ‘And when talking person-to-person, making eye contact and nodding at the right times show that you are paying attention.’
    1. 1.1Denoting a phone call made through the operator to a specified person and paid for from the time that person answers the phone.
      • ‘Combining voice services with broadband gives operators the opportunity to expand their offerings of person-to-person communications.’
      • ‘A UCS offers the typical services of a UMS, while adding the capability of person-to-person communication through dynamic call redirection and forwarding.’
      • ‘Crisis managers who need immediate, person-to-person communications are likely to reach for a telephone or a short-wave radio.’



/ˈˌpərsn tə ˈpərsn/