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 intact (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 Yet ground clearance is manageable on city streets, especially in conjunction with the factory’s axle-lift system, a sensible option for any GT3 owner who wants to keep the front end intact. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 4 Oct. 2021 The Hornets received a scare in consecutive Hockomock League crossover matchups, but survived to keep their state-best 19-game win streak intact., 30 Sep. 2021 So, the central legal issue is probably race on these Republican plans to keep 74 counties intact and equalize the per-district population by carving out portions of Pulaski County two or three ways. John Brummett, Arkansas Online, 28 Sep. 2021 To keep those strands intact, cut the spaghetti squash into halves across the middle of its belly, then scoop out the seeds. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Sep. 2021 Roberts said the Dodgers will keep their current starting rotation intact, including one more outing for Tony Gonsolin this week. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2021 The fish at the high school are brood stock, which are artificially spawned at hatcheries to produce babies and keep the genetic line intact. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Sep. 2021 The Cowboys should be favored to win this division and keep intact a streak of no repeat champions that stretches back to the early 2000s. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 21 Sep. 2021 Approximately 64% of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and many consumers seem willing to keep their travel plans intact. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 24 Sep. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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