ex·​act·​ing | \ig-ˈzak-tiŋ \

Definition of exacting 

1 : tryingly or unremittingly severe in making demands

2 : requiring careful attention and precision

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Other Words from exacting

exactingly \ig-​ˈzak-​tiŋ-​lē \ adverb
exactingness noun

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onerous, burdensome, oppressive, exacting mean imposing hardship. onerous stresses being laborious and heavy especially because distasteful. the onerous task of cleaning up the mess burdensome suggests causing mental as well as physical strain. burdensome responsibilities oppressive implies extreme harshness or severity in what is imposed. the oppressive tyranny of a police state exacting implies rigor or sternness rather than tyranny or injustice in the demands made or in the one demanding. an exacting employer

Examples of exacting in a Sentence

He has very exacting standards. he was shocked when his normally exacting supervisor complimented him on a job well done

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Nine of the 11 galleries are home to a single artist, many of whom worked with the museums’ founders and architects to design the room to their own exacting specifications. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Glenstone Museum to open its stunning minimalist expansion next week," 26 Sep. 2018 Infertility was a crucible, a narrow, exacting path that we never would have chosen for ourselves. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "My Long, Messy, Beautifully Complicated Path to Adopting My Son," 1 Oct. 2018 Accompanying is a skill that demands the most exacting sensitivity and musicianship, both of which Francis displayed in abundance. Marcus Overton, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mainly Mozart orchestra, led by Michael Francis, closes 30th season with impressive Mendelssohn," 24 June 2018 Can Love Horoscope devotees may attribute the Givenchy creative director Clare Waight Keller’s continued success to the planets, but skeptics will likely chalk it up to her hard work, exacting eye and masterful tailoring. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "A Millennial Spin on Engagement Rings," 16 May 2018 Crystal-clear hand-cut ice cubes carved with exacting precision add the final touch to a classic Negroni (made with just enough gin to give it gravitas), while the Manhattan strikes the perfect balance between sweet and dry. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Tokyo," 27 Feb. 2018 So Intel must resort to multipatterning, a slow, exacting process that requires passing chips through the lithography process several times. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "Intel hits a wall on Moore's Law; growth in computing power finally slows," 3 May 2018 Roosevelt, by contrast, would cultivate the twin modes of frontiersman and exacting naturalist. Philip Dray, Time, "How This Photo of Theodore Roosevelt in Hunting Gear Helped Jump-Start the American Conservation Movement," 1 May 2018 Every appointee who fails to live up to that exacting standard damages the government’s ability to retain the moral high ground, and with it the chances of reining in corporate wrongdoing. The Economist, "Politicians’ battle against Korean conglomerates hits a snag," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of exacting

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exacting

from present participle of exact entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of exacting

: requiring much time, attention, or effort from someone : very difficult or demanding


ex·​act·​ing | \ig-ˈzak-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of exacting

: expecting a lot from a person an exacting teacher

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