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

Other Words from exacting

exactingly \ ig-​ˈzak-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce exacting (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 Lewis was a student of Alfred Brendel, who, in addition to being a renowned pianist, was also a famously exacting teacher. David Weininger, BostonGlobe.com, 27 July 2022 Based on the 2009 novel by Suzanne Allain, the film tells the story of the titular Mr. Malcolm, a very exacting bachelor in 1818 England with a long list of standards. Lakshmi Gandhi, NBC News, 30 June 2022 In the intervening years, helicopters have grown more powerful and reliable, and the helicopter services that contract with heli-ski outfitters have become more exacting in their training and protocols. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, 10 Apr. 2021 The transboundary nature of the grueling long-distance race, which many mushers believe to be more exacting than its higher-profile sibling, the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, complicated operations during the pandemic. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2022 Waterston and Sam Fragoso, a close friend and collaborator of Bravo’s who contributed voiceover, commented on her exacting, singular, consistent visual style, from her very first short, Eat (2011), to her most recent for Miu Miu. Eliza Harper Wallace, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Mar. 2022 His vision and work ethic become more exacting, his drive to best himself at once breathtaking and worrisome. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Feb. 2022 But much of the game’s appeal can be chalked up to players’ ability to create an increasingly exacting vision of how their Sims live, dress and eat. New York Times, 7 Feb. 2022 It has been designed and engineered to the same exacting standards as our T.50, with the same emphasis on driver focus, performance, lightweight and superlative, pure design, but the outcome is a very different motorcar. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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9 Aug 2022

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“Exacting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exacting. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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