intact

adjective

in·​tact in-ˈtakt How to pronounce intact (audio)
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
intactness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for intact

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

Example Sentences

The house survived the war intact. After 25 years, their friendship remained intact.
Recent Examples on the Web The palatial estate remained intact until halfway through the 20th century, with a number of additions occurring later on. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 28 Nov. 2022 Even so, the government reiterated that the overall thrust of the Covid strategy remained intact. Brian Spegele, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2022 Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency toured the plant and determined Monday that its six reactors remained intact despite heavy shelling. Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2022 The stadium’s dual arches remained intact and were joined by a wide canopy to support the integration of the cooling system. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 18 Nov. 2022 Kelly said that during his tenure, the officials’ security clearances remained intact. Michael S. Schmidt, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Nov. 2022 So the tricky part is finding a subterranean hydrogen source that is both large and intact. WIRED, 24 Nov. 2022 Lancers have their backcourt intact, but will that be enough to get past Northeast Ohio’s best? Matt Goul, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2022 In early 1997, 21 years into their celebrated roots-rock career, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers—creativity intact but tired of headlining arena-sized shows and of playing the same setlist nightly—came up with a third way. Barry Mazor, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Intact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intact. Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

intact

adjective
in·​tact in-ˈtakt How to pronounce intact (audio)
: untouched especially by anything that harms : not damaged or lessened

Medical Definition

intact

adjective
in·​tact in-ˈtakt How to pronounce intact (audio)
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 heat Anatomical Record
b
: not castrated
used chiefly of a domestic animal
the medication may cause severe problems for intact female cats
2
: mentally unimpaired
intactness noun

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