Definition of intact in US English:



  • often as complement Not damaged or impaired in any way; complete.

    ‘the church was almost in ruins but its tower remained intact’
    • ‘Surely I am worth more to my family if my self-esteem is intact and I am living for me?’
    • ‘Unfortunately it's missing the stills from the film, but the text is still intact.’
    • ‘You must be more or less intact at death and not suffering from certain specified diseases.’
    • ‘Holes were punched in four windows at the post office but the security glass remained intact.’
    • ‘The Guardian says that the bus which allegedly had its windows blown out appeared to be intact on film.’
    • ‘Most of the eggs remained intact and some were even decorated by the children.’
    • ‘If they had been left intact we would have had a city centre to be proud of with many modernised buildings.’
    • ‘The day of reckoning has past and somehow I managed to survive reasonably intact.’
    • ‘He has now departed with his respect and integrity intact and his reputation enhanced.’
    • ‘She was reported to be intact except for the heavy damage sustained to the stern.’
    • ‘Our most important task is always to keep our sense of being a person intact.’
    • ‘Although her brain was intact, she could just about blink and could barely speak.’
    • ‘This provision should be allowed to remain intact and not be damaged by any new proposal.’
    • ‘The main mast, which is lying across the front deck, had its cylindrical shape intact.’
    • ‘It was my first time on the wreck and I was surprised to find it lying intact and in pristine condition.’
    • ‘Part of the promise during purchase was that the collection would remain intact.’
    • ‘You might want to stop and make sure they're still intact, and that the path you're on is your own.’
    • ‘The fifty buck fine would have been a small price to pay to have kept my integrity intact.’
    • ‘The egg remains perfectly intact while it is in free fall under the action of gravity.’
    • ‘The British Army could withdraw with its reputation in credit and its honour intact.’
    whole, entire, complete, unbroken, undamaged, unharmed, uninjured, unimpaired, unflawed, faultless, flawless, unscathed, untouched, unspoilt, unmutilated, unsevered, unblemished, unmarred, unmarked, perfect, pristine, inviolate, unviolated, undefiled, unsullied, in one piece
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Late Middle English: from Latin intactus, from in- ‘not’ + tactus (past participle of tangere ‘touch’).