intact

adjective
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.

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One side of their kitchen is an incredibly intact, perfectly functioning prefabricated kitchen from the 1930s, with curved Art Deco shelves, white steel cabinets with their original fixtures, and high-gloss linoleum countertops with steel trim. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "To renovate or not to renovate?," 5 Sep. 2018 Wells was the rare U.S. bank that emerged from the crisis with its reputation intact, if not enhanced. Rick Rothacker, charlotteobserver, "Wells Fargo has its own troubles 10 years after saving Wachovia. Some wonder: What if? | Charlotte Observer," 20 Apr. 2018 To keep the brand’s history intact, the duo delved into the archives. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Eckhaus Latta Reimagines the Ugg With a Deliciously Square Toe," 9 Feb. 2019 By the time Metrick joined Saks straight after earning a degree in business administration from Boston University in the mid-’90s, its upper-crust image, while still intact, had acquired a thin coat of dust. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "Saks Doubles Down on Department Stores With New Restaurant in New York City," 15 Jan. 2019 Since babies are born with their foreskins intact, uncircumcised penises are actually the biological default. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "11 Things Everyone Should Know About Uncircumcised Penises," 29 Dec. 2018 Among the skulls that still had intact ear canals on both sides, 12.2 percent of the men and 3.3 percent of the women had surfer’s ear on at least one side. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The skulls of ancient pearl divers come with abnormal ear canal bone growths," 28 Dec. 2018 Soon, the mess was gone, the threat to my child was erased, and my sanity felt not only intact, but oddly refreshed. Lorraine Allen, Good Housekeeping, "My Child Has a Severe Allergy, But I Secretly Ate Her Forbidden Food Anyway," 20 Dec. 2018 In every niche interest or activity, the apps that serve will continue to become more inherently social – because the underlying demand/desire for connecting with others and building a sense of community around those is still intact. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018

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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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intact

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of intact

: not broken or damaged : having every part

intact

adjective
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.

intact

adjective
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

Other Words from intact

intactness noun

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