adjective in·tact \ in-ˈtakt \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

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


play \in-ˈtak(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of intact in a Sentence

  1. The house survived the war intact.

  2. After 25 years, their friendship remained intact.

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Origin and Etymology of intact

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

INTACT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of intact for English Language Learners

  • : not broken or damaged : having every part

INTACT Defined for Kids


adjective in·tact \ in-ˈtakt \

Definition of intact for Students

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

Word Root of intact

The Latin word tangere, meaning “to touch,” and its form tactus give us the roots tang and tact. Words from the Latin tangere have something to do with touching. Something tangible is able to be touched. Contact is a meeting or touching of people or things. Something intact is unharmed, whole, and untouched. Anything tactile relates to the sense of touch.

Medical Dictionary


adjective in·tact \ in-ˈtakt \

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 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



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