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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Perhaps the sharp pathway is damaged, but the neural path for transmitting heat pain is somehow intact. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "'Game of Thrones' Science: How Do Wights Work?," 26 Apr. 2019 The country has struggled to keep the fragile peace intact as the government fails to fully follow through with key promises made in their peace agreement, which earned the former president a Nobel Peace Prize. Megan Janetsky, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Women Who Detonate Land Mines in Colombia’s Former War Zones," 24 Apr. 2019 Recent photos show the interiors, as well as the iconic bell towers, fairly intact. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Notre Dame: An In-Depth Look at What Was Lost and What it Will Take to Rebuild," 16 Apr. 2019 The astonishing building, a technological and artistic marvel in that day and this, survived scarred but intact through the Reformation, the French Revolution, the Nazi invasion and other horrors of the 20th century. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Notre Dame in Flames," 15 Apr. 2019 Giercke kept the spirit of the house intact, visiting it often with friends—including my family—until the summer of 2017, when R.P. and his son, Ang Tshering Lama, decided to invest in the home’s renovation. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 Since the court decision in 2014, Google has removed 1.1 million links from search results in the EU, while leaving the links intact for the same searches conducted outside Europe. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Google Nears Win in Europe Over ‘Right to Be Forgotten’," 10 Jan. 2019 There is no danger to anyone underneath and the drone is captured intact for forensic analysis. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Are Airports Going to Do About Drones?," 9 Jan. 2019 Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, winners in 2004, struggled to keep their personal and professional partnership intact in ways that were heartbreaking to behold. Sally Singer, Vogue, "Vogue’s Fashion Fund Turns 15! Looking Back on the Prize That Changed American Style," 16 Oct. 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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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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