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[in-takt] /ɪnˈtækt/
not altered, broken, or impaired; remaining uninjured, sound, or whole; untouched; unblemished:
The vase remained intact despite rough handling.
not changed or diminished; not influenced or swayed:
Despite misfortune, his faith is still intact.
complete or whole, especially not castrated or emasculated.
having the hymen unbroken; virginal.
Origin of intact
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin intāctus untouched, equivalent to in- in-3 + tāctus, past participle of tangere to touch
Related forms
intactly, adverb
intactness, noun
1. See complete. Unabridged
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  • Fish are served whole, head and tail intact, symbolizing a good beginning and end in the coming year.
  • Perfect preservation, the past intact, when nothing of the kind could be said of herself.
  • If a lesion knocks out one ability but leaves another intact, it is evidence that they are wired into different neural circuits.
  • Patients use nerves left intact after amputations to control prosthetic limbs.
  • The steel employed should be capable of remaining intact for the foreseeable future.
  • She is no demimondaine, and she wants to be reasonably intact on her wedding night.
  • Otherwise, the house stood intact, with few signs a major firefight only two days earlier.
  • The brick-and-stone walls of the church are intact, but the roof collapsed long ago.
  • To keep the integrity of the recordings intact, de-noising technology and overall volume limiting was used sparingly.
  • The brain stem for the chicken would be kept intact so that the homeostatic functions continue to operate, allowing it to grow.
British Dictionary definitions for intact


untouched or unimpaired; left complete or perfect
Derived Forms
intactness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin intactus not touched, from tangere to touch
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Word Origin and History for intact

mid-15c., from Latin intactus "untouched, uninjured, undefiled," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + tactus, past participle of tangere "to touch" (see tangent).

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