Definition of exactly
1a : 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>
2 : quite so —used to express agreement
Examples of exactly in a sentence
The levers need to be exactly positioned.
<we will meet at exactly six o'clock>
First Known Use of exactly
EXACTLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exactly for English Language Learners
—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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up exactly? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).