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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Other Words from intact

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

Examples of intact in a Sentence

The house survived the war intact. After 25 years, their friendship remained intact.

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Klopp’s Liverpool are the only Premier League team with a 100% winning record still intact after the first month of the new campaign. SI.com, "Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Wins Premier League Manager of the Month for August," 13 Sep. 2019 But with European settlement came farming, development and fire suppression, and today less than 500 acres of intact savanna remain. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's biggest bur oak is more than 300 years old, and you can only see it during a special event in October," 12 Sep. 2019 Create the suggestion of a skull with partial cuts that keep the pumpkin intact at the top. Joan Lang, Woman's Day, "Bonehead Pumpkin," 5 Sep. 2019 And long before Vikings came to Greenland, the indigenous Inuit people left behind mummies, as well as hair with intact DNA. Lucas Joel, Smithsonian, "A Warming Climate Threatens Archaeological Sites in Greenland," 31 Aug. 2019 Using a sharp paring knife, remove the core from the cabbage, leaving the rest of the head intact. Cathy Barrow, The Denver Post, "The good old cabbage roll turns over a new leaf," 26 Aug. 2019 The tour will arrive at the intact slave quarters of the plantation at 3 p.m. for a time of remembrance, Wicklein-Bayne said. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland national parks plan commemoration four centuries after first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia," 23 Aug. 2019 This was why Dull’s team was excited to hear about a quarry about 10 miles from Ilopango, where workers digging for road fill had found intact trees within the Tierra Blanca Joven. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Colossal volcano behind 'mystery' global cooling finally found," 23 Aug. 2019 Fields of debris surround each part of the wreck, including some of the ship’s bunkers, passengers’ luggage, wine bottles and even the intact face of a child’s porcelain doll. Gina Martinez, Time, "Divers Visited the Titanic's Wreck for the First Time in over a Decade. Here's Why They Were Shocked by the Ship's Condition," 22 Aug. 2019

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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

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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