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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Other Words from intact

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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Trim bases of endive heads, making sure to keep stems intact so leaves hold together. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Why Mayonnaise is Magic," 9 Nov. 2018 Thiago Alcântara should have pulled a goal back for the hosts after pouncing on a mistake from Timo Baumgartl, but Zieler popped up with another fantastic save to keep Stuttgart's three-goal lead intact., "Bayern Munich 1-4 Stuttgart: Reds Humbled in Bundesliga Classic as Heynckes Waves Final Goodbye," 12 May 2018 Douglass, a former slave who escaped to freedom, wrote brilliantly of the haunting choices slaves were routinely forced to make in order to remain alive and to keep their families intact. Phillip Morris,, "Kanye West has a thing or two to learn about American slavery: Phillip Morris," 9 May 2018 For the government, the agreement ensures its authority to detain adults in federal custody remains intact while families are reunified. Kartikay Mehrotra,, "Reunited immigrant families face difficult choice: try to stay legally or leave children in the US," 14 July 2018 The captain of the Yugoslavia team, Faruk Hadzibegic, strongly supported keeping Yugoslavia intact. Lajla Veselica And Nicolas Gaudichet,, "Croatia's World Cup quarterfinals run revives national pride," 5 July 2018 The Affordable Care Act looks secure for now, because the block that upheld it (Mr Roberts and the court’s four liberals) remains intact. The Economist, "A court with a solid conservative majority could reshape American life," 5 July 2018 But the barriers to the delivery of methadone remain intact. Michael Botticelli, STAT, "It’s time for methadone to be prescribed as part of primary care," 5 July 2018 Giblin says that a seamless sock with a reinforced cushioning under the toe and a roomier toe box keeps his toenails intact. Julie Brown, Outside Online, "The Best Running Socks, According to Ultramarathoners," 22 June 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

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