verb ex·act \ig-ˈzakt\

: to demand and get (something, such as payment or revenge) especially by using force or threats

—used in phrases like exact a terrible toll and exact a high/heavy price to say that something has caused a lot of suffering, loss, etc.

Full Definition of EXACT

transitive verb
:  to call for forcibly or urgently and obtain <from them has been exacted the ultimate sacrifice — D. D. Eisenhower>
:  to call for as necessary or desirable
ex·act·able \-ˈzak-tə-bəl\ adjective
ex·ac·tor also ex·act·er \-ˈzak-tər\ noun

Examples of EXACT

  1. They would not rest until they had exacted revenge.
  2. He was able to exact a promise from them.

Origin of EXACT

Middle English, to require as payment, from Latin exactus, past participle of exigere to drive out, demand, measure, from ex- + agere to drive — more at agent
First Known Use: 1564



: fully and completely correct or accurate

: very careful and accurate

Full Definition of EXACT

:  exhibiting or marked by strict, particular, and complete accordance with fact or a standard
:  marked by thorough consideration or minute measurement of small factual details
ex·act·ness \-ˈzak(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of EXACT

  1. Those were his exact words.
  2. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.
  3. We don't know the exact nature of the problem.
  4. Predicting the path of hurricanes is not an exact science.
  5. The police have an exact description of the killer.
  6. Please take the most exact measurements possible.
  7. He is very exact in the way he solves a problem.

Origin of EXACT

Latin exactus
First Known Use: 1533


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