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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The rock ’n’ roll ravages have done their thing, but those fabulous cheekbones — and that stare — remain intact. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Guitars, stars, and attitude," 11 July 2019 As Kirino noted, many of the animals’ brain cells apparently remained intact long after blood flow had been cut off to the brain. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, "Scientists Are Giving Dead Brains New Life. What Could Go Wrong?," 2 July 2019 Some editing was done, but the achievements mentioned in the letter to the town committee remained largely intact, according to Town Manager Philip Schenck. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Proposed column touting council accomplishments in Bloomfield causes dispute among members," 2 July 2019 During this time, the university’s accreditation will remain intact. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "Amid review of University of Maryland's accreditation, commission places school on 'warning'," 29 June 2019 The stunning original rathskeller, or gathering space, for Schmidt Brewing remains intact downstairs. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Schmidt Brewery Rathskeller to house Rose Street Patisserie cafe, Worker B spa," 24 June 2019 So the lines the two sides have drawn may remain intact, left in place by a president who isn’t actually eager for a war. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Trump Maneuvers Near a War He Doesn’t Want," 21 June 2019 The headline features of the Senate budget plan — a mix of tax cuts and new spending on education, water projects and health programs — remain intact. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "5G cellular networks coming to Cleveland: The Wake Up for Thursday, June 20, 2019," 20 June 2019 They were prepared for possible bleeding into the brain, but the operation went without a hitch and the artery remained intact. NBC News, "Kansas boy very lucky to survive knife impaling his face," 18 June 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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