ex·​act·​ing | \ ig-ˈzak-tiŋ How to pronounce exacting (audio) \

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 How to pronounce exactingly (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web He was also known to be an exacting boss, even a violent one. The Economist, "Anger management Japan’s bullying bosses," 11 June 2020 This year that was the indefatigable Barbara Hannigan, for whom the festival became an ironwoman musical triathlon of exacting singing, vital conducting and inspiring mentoring. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: Ojai Music Festival witnesses Barbara Hannigan, Wonder Woman in Wonderland," 10 June 2019 That sense of rigor is clear in Japanese bar culture as a whole: there’s a love for the exacting and ceremonial. Carey Jones, Vogue, "How Japanese Whisky Became the World’s Best," 25 Apr. 2018 Today, they’re manufactured with exotic materials to exacting specs and tested extensively before being bolted onto an engine. Paul Stenquist, New York Times, "A (Barely) Controlled Explosion, and 330 M.P.H. Before You Can Blink," 17 May 2020 But what better time to attempt a messy, exacting project? Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Restaurant french fries don't travel well. Here's how to make great ones at home," 26 Mar. 2020 Blomstedt’s performance Thursday was nothing if not exacting, a deliberate reading in which the role and potential of each bar had been thoroughly considered. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra delivers first-rate Bruckner Fifth with Herbert Blomstedt," 28 Feb. 2020 Domino does not hold back when exacting revenge on her former lover (a harpoon gun is involved). BostonGlobe.com, "NEW YORK — Claudine Auger, Sean Connery’s costar in “Thunderball” and the first French actress to play James Bond’s love interest, died Dec. 18 in Paris. She was 78.," 25 Dec. 2019 Documentary filmmaker Michael Pack has seen more than 15 of his films broadcast on PBS, which has exacting professional standards. John Fund, National Review, "Why Has the Voice of America Become a Voice of Confusion?," 19 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of exacting was in 1634

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21 Jun 2020

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“Exacting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exacting. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce exacting (audio) \

Kids Definition of exacting

: expecting a lot from a person an exacting teacher

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