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verb ex·act \ig-ˈzakt\

Simple Definition of exact

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to call for forcibly or urgently and obtain <from them has been exacted the ultimate sacrifice — D. D. Eisenhower>

  3. 2 :  to call for as necessary or desirable

ex·act·able play \-ˈzak-tə-bəl\ adjective
ex·ac·tor also ex·act·er play \-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

Synonym Discussion of exact

demand, claim, require, exact mean to ask or call for something as due or as necessary. demand implies peremptoriness and insistence and often the right to make requests that are to be regarded as commands <demanded payment of the debt>. claim implies a demand for the delivery or concession of something due as one's own or one's right <claimed the right to manage his own affairs>. require suggests the imperativeness that arises from inner necessity, compulsion of law or regulation, or the exigencies of the situation <the patient requires constant attention>. exact implies not only demanding but getting what one demands <exacts absolute loyalty>.



adjective ex·act

Simple Definition of exact

  • : fully and completely correct or accurate

  • : very careful and accurate

Full Definition of exact

  1. 1 :  exhibiting or marked by strict, particular, and complete accordance with fact or a standard

  2. 2 :  marked by thorough consideration or minute measurement of small factual details

ex·act·ness play \-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

Synonym Discussion of exact

correct, rectify, emend, remedy, redress, amend, reform, revise mean to make right what is wrong. correct implies taking action to remove errors, faults, deviations, defects <correct your spelling>. rectify implies a more essential changing to make something right, just, or properly controlled or directed <rectify a misguided policy>. emend specifically implies correction of a text or manuscript <emend a text>. remedy implies removing or making harmless a cause of trouble, harm, or evil <set out to remedy the evils of the world>. redress implies making compensation or reparation for an unfairness, injustice, or imbalance <redress past social injustices>. amend, reform, revise imply an improving by making corrective changes, amend usually suggesting slight changes <amend a law>, reform implying drastic change <plans to reform the court system>, and revise suggesting a careful examination of something and the making of necessary changes <revise the schedule>.

correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usually implies freedom from fault or error <correct answers> <socially correct dress>. accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care <an accurate description>. exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth <exact measurements>. precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation <precise calibration>. nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination <makes nice distinctions>. right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault <the right thing to do>.

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