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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For as long as a generation or more, Kavanaugh and four other of his judicially wise colleagues could actually manage to keep the preciousness of our governmental system intact. Jay Ambrose,, "Brett Kavanaugh an excellent Supreme Court pick," 11 July 2018 His track record — and regular gloating about Justice Neil M. Gorsuch — makes clear this is mostly about wins and about keeping the base intact. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The most interesting late development in Trump’s Supreme Court derby," 9 July 2018 Houston clearly would love to keep its core intact, but Capela in particular might draw the kind of huge offer that the Rockets are unable to match. Nicholas Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: Predicting the NBA’s offseason, Becky Hammon’s future," 29 June 2018 But even if Merkel can keep the government intact, one thing is clear: recent events have exposed the limits of her power and generated ill will that won't quickly be forgotten. Geir Moulson, Fox News, "Germany's Merkel faces race against time in migrant standoff," 28 June 2018 But they are being outspent by construction companies, labor unions and others who want to keep the tax intact. Rachel Swan,, "In fighting California gas tax, national Republicans see rallying point," 26 June 2018 The couple originally planned to keep part of the building intact, and tear down a two-story farmhouse at the rear of the site for the music venue. Karen Berkowitz,, "Once the site of proposed music venue, Bertucci's restaurant in Highwood now eyed for apartments," 25 June 2018 Costner stars as John Dutton, a die-hard westerner determined to keep his family's holdings intact. Lynn Elber, The Christian Science Monitor, "TV series 'Yellowstone' showcases Native American actors," 20 June 2018 With Jacobson and Marules graduating, Latto, Breeding and Lovejoy will try to keep their state streak intact. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Sports notebook: Atascocita excels in golf, too," 17 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.


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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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