in·​tact | \ in-ˈtakt How to pronounce intact (audio) \

Definition of intact

1 : untouched especially by anything that harms or diminishes : entire, uninjured
2 of a living body or its parts : having no relevant component removed or destroyed:
a : physically virginal
b : not castrated

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intactness \ in-​ˈtak(t)-​nəs How to pronounce intactness (audio) \ noun

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perfect, whole, entire, intact mean not lacking or faulty in any particular. perfect implies the soundness and the excellence of every part, element, or quality of a thing frequently as an unattainable or theoretical state. a perfect set of teeth whole suggests a completeness or perfection that can be sought, gained, or regained. felt like a whole person again after vacation entire implies perfection deriving from integrity, soundness, or completeness of a thing. the entire Beethoven corpus intact implies retention of perfection of a thing in its natural or original state. the boat survived the storm intact

Examples of intact in a Sentence

The house survived the war intact. After 25 years, their friendship remained intact.
Recent Examples on the Web It will not be split up, the company said, with its 30 news outlets remaining intact. Marc Tracy,, "Hedge fund to buy McClatchy, publisher of The Miami Herald and other major newspapers," 12 July 2020 Although the government has ruled out poaching as an explanation for the mass of elephant deaths, as the deceased animals were found with their tusks intact, poisoning remains a viable, and worrisome, explanation. Maria Pasquini,, "Hundreds of Elephants Have Died in Botswana — and Officials Don't Know Why," 9 July 2020 There's finally a way to get off of email lists with your privacy intact. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "DoNotPay Unsubscribes You From Spam—and Tries to Get You Paid," 9 July 2020 But the court left the doctrine intact June 15 in one-line orders denying review of all the cases. Bob Egelko,, "As racial issues move to forefront, Supreme Court shuttles them to back burner," 8 July 2020 And as the teams were forced to shift into iRacing mode this spring, with the season indefinitely on hold for months, questions loomed as to which might be able to come out on the other side intact. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "8 IndyCar teams approved for millions in federal PPP loans for COVID-19 relief," 8 July 2020 Even more impressive is the fact that after a year and a half of constant use, both the soles and the insoles are perfectly intact. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "White sneakers that won’t get ruined on their first use," 8 July 2020 However, the appellate panel of Sidney R. Thomas, Ronald M. Gould and Milan D. Smith Jr. declined to broaden the ruling, as the plaintiffs had requested, leaving intact the NCAA’s limits on compensation not connected to education. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, "NCAA will ask Supreme Court to take case about benefits that college athletes can receive," 7 July 2020 The deal keeps intact most of NAFTA but adds provisions that limit supply chains abroad, ends the outsourcing of U.S. manufacturing jobs to Mexico, and opens up farm products to Canada. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Trudeau declines White House invitation to celebrate new trade deal amid coronavirus," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of intact

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for intact

Middle English intacte, from Latin intactus, from in- + tactus, past participle of tangere to touch — more at tangent entry 2

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The first known use of intact was in the 15th century

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28 Jul 2020

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“Intact.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of intact

: not broken or damaged : having every part


in·​tact | \ in-ˈtakt How to pronounce intact (audio) \

Kids Definition of intact

: not broken or damaged : not touched especially by anything that harms The storm left our house intact.


in·​tact | \ in-ˈtakt How to pronounce intact (audio) \

Medical Definition of intact

1 : physically and functionally complete the sense of touch was intact intact cell membranes : as
a : physically virginal when intact adult females were brought into heatAnatomical Record
b : not castrated used chiefly of a domestic animal the medication may cause severe problems for intact female cats
2 : mentally unimpaired

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intactness noun

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