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.
Recent Examples on the Web This year’s team mostly stayed intact, beyond the departures of Buckner and free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Ron Kroichick,, "Will 49ers still get a Super Bowl bounce after coronavirus-ravaged offseason?," 11 Sep. 2020 Their Everyday 8 has been mostly intact, excepting Senzel. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Here are a few thoughts on why the Cincinnati Reds have 'bad luck'," 10 Sep. 2020 The Discovery has crash landed, but its crew is intact. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Star Trek: Discovery S3 goes back to the future in first trailer," 8 Sep. 2020 Jacobs found that, despite this twist that dashed many hopes, the vibrancy that had first attracted him to the island was still intact. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "Cuba Is Staying Strong," 7 Sep. 2020 White-collar jobs have largely stayed intact during the crisis, with the brunt of the city’s recession falling heavily on low-skilled and low-paid workers in the construction, retail and food industries. Shawna Kwan,, "Hong Kong Tycoons, Banks Claimed Millions in Virus Subsidies," 6 Sep. 2020 More than a year after her death, the command center is still intact. Ian Mcnulty,, "To reopen Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, next generation digs into New Orleans legend’s history," 28 Aug. 2020 The canopy will be intact, and visitors should be able to tilt their heads back and look up, up, up to see patches of blue sky. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘We’re not dead yet’: Big Basin redwoods scorched, but not lost.," 28 Aug. 2020 With Hyatt on the ground, an athletic trainer appeared to conduct a Lachman test, a diagnostic exercise used to determine whether or not an ACL is intact. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys reserve OT Mitch Hyatt carted off the practice field Thursday with apparent knee injury," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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14 Sep 2020

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“Intact.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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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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