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 intact (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 The first teaser trailer for Season 7 has our miraculously intact heroes facing the literal fallout of this calamity. Erik Kain, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 Michigan football appears likely to have its top offensive line intact Saturday night against Washington thanks to the addition of Zak Zinter, who played sparingly in the opener due to a hand injury. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 12 Sep. 2021 Its App Store business survived an antitrust challenge mostly intact. Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2021 The Ode Family Foundation is meant to be an extension of family, an organization willing to find a way to help keep a family intact and stable. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2021 So, for the time being, the college football landscape stays intact with plans for the future already set in stone. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2021 Millions of long, hefty tusks from the now extinct giants are buried in the Arctic and Siberian earth today, still so intact that they are sought after as sources of commercial ivory. Esther Megbel, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2021 Dalton played two preseason games last month but largely without any of the offense’s top playmakers and without the first-string line intact. Dan Wiederer,, 8 Sep. 2021 About 40 miles of the river between the border and St. David run through the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, which was established by Congress in 1988 and includes intact stretches that flow through lush forests. Ian James,, 7 Sep. 2021

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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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“Intact.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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