ex·act·ly adverb \ig-ˈzak-(t)lē\
—used to stress that something is accurate, complete, or correct
: in a correct or precise way : in a way that agrees completely with what is needed
: in every way
a : in a manner or measure or to a degree or number that strictly conforms to a fact or condition <it's exactly 3 o'clock> <these two pieces are exactly the same size>
b : in every respect : altogether, entirely <that was exactly the wrong thing to do> <not exactly what I had in mind>
: quite so —used to express agreement
Examples of EXACTLY
- The levers need to be exactly positioned.
- <we will meet at exactly six o'clock>
First Known Use of EXACTLY
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