in tact vs intact :

in tact or intact

Often common two-word phrases are smooshed into a single word (“anymore,” “alot,” “everytime,” “incase,” “infact”). Here’s an example where some people err in the other direction. When something survives undamaged, whole, it is not “in tact” but “intact”—one word, unbroken.

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Definitions

  • s  constituting the undiminished entirety; lacking nothing essential especially not damaged
    fought to keep the union intact
  • s  (of a woman) having the hymen unbroken
    she was intact, virginal
  • s  (used of domestic animals) sexually competent
  • s  undamaged in any way
    the vase remained intact despit rough handling
News & Articles

  • Gary Neal beats halftime buzzer with 3-pointer (video)
    The Spurs led by as many as 11 in the first half of Game 3, but the Heat tied the game late in the second half. Then Tony Parker made a 3-pointer, LeBron missed a shot, and Miami got ready for halftime. San Antonio, with its long-held lead back in tact, could have been satisfied,…
    June 12, 2013 - NBC Sports: ProBasketballTalk
  • York School Board Votes To “Keep District Intact”
    The York City School Board voted unanimously this evening to keep the district in tact rather than go 100% chartered. York School Board President, Margie Orr, says the board is all on the same page with moving the district forward.…
    June 11, 2013 - FOX 43 Harrisburg
  • 160 Days Since Last 3-Day $DIA Losing Streak
    But, with a close in the green, DJIA’s longest streak since 1950 without three or more straight down days remains in tact and extends to 160 days. To put DJIA’s current streak without three down days into ...
    June 7, 2013 - MrTopStep.com via Yahoo! Finance

  • Royal Gorge Bridge & Park officials: Royal Gorge Bridge intact, animals safe
    The Royal Gorge Fire continues to burn south of the Royal Gorge Bridge, but there finally may be a spark of some welcomed good news. The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park reports that the bridge is standing and intact.
    June 13, 2013 - Canon City Daily Record
  • Food trucks allowed to drive ahead with suit against city ordinance
    A Cook County judge Thursday left intact the majority of a lawsuit seeking to overturn the city’s controversial food truck ordinance. In letting the lawsuit proceed, Judge Peter A. Flynn said he is “uncomfortable” with a provision of the ordinance that requires food trucks to install GPS systems so the city can track their whereabouts. “It is not clear . . . how the city proposes to protect ...
    June 13, 2013 - Chicago Sun-Times
  • Park officials: Royal Gorge Bridge intact, animals safe
    The Royal Gorge Fire continues to burn south of the Royal Gorge Bridge, but there finally may be a spark of some welcomed good news. The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park reports that the bridge is standing and intact.
    June 12, 2013 - Canon City Daily Record