in·​tact | \in-ˈtakt \

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 \ 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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Place each potato on the sheet and, with the bottom of a glass, gently press until crushed but still intact. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Fresh Herbs," 30 Nov. 2018 Working one at a time, gently press potatoes, with the bottom of a glass or your palm, until crushed but still intact. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Smashed Buttermilk Potato Salad," 10 Aug. 2018 Pegged to another wall is a single wooden cross, still intact. Yanan Wang, Fox News, "Christian heartland opens window into fight for China's soul," 7 Aug. 2018 Cyrus' tweets are still intact, but her header is also black, and her website is down. Jessica Militare, Glamour, "Miley Cyrus Deleted Her Entire Instagram, and Fans Are Freaking Out," 15 July 2018 With Oklahoma City securing Paul George, the reigning Warriors still intact, the Houston Rockets nipping at the champions’ heels, and King James ruling the City of Angels, the Western Conference — already the dominant of the two — just got stronger. Sarah Todd,, "LeBron James' exit to Lakers is a hit to Eastern Conference, but could clear the way for the Sixers," 1 July 2018 The email, obtained by Billboard, urges recipients to contact members of European Parliament to prevent the directive from passing parliament's legal affairs committee with these provisions intact -- which happened last week. Robert Levine, Billboard, "What a Google Email to News Publications Means for the Music Business," 28 June 2018 But with her memory intact, rebellion-era Dolores is charged with power. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 8: The Great Ghost Nation Mystery," 11 June 2018 The company had to pick between the most faithful image, which would keep the shadows intact, or the most detailed one, which brightens the scene so that the camera captures the most information possible. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google gives the Pixel camera superhuman night vision," 14 Nov. 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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English Language Learners Definition of intact

: not broken or damaged : having every part


in·​tact | \in-ˈtakt \

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 \

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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