ex·​act·​ly | \ ig-ˈzak-(t)lē How to pronounce exactly (audio) \

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

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Examples of exactly in a Sentence

The levers need to be exactly positioned. we will meet at exactly six o'clock

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The integrated cores are exactly the same as in the prior generation, and most noteworthy for their hardware support for the 4K HEVC/VP9 video codecs used by Netflix and YouTube. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's 9th-gen mobile Core chips aim for the high end, rocking 8 cores at up to 5GHz speeds," 23 Apr. 2019 Apparently, Jackson comes from a long line of Daly men who all look exactly the same. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Host Carson Daly's Son Looks Exactly Like Him," 23 Dec. 2018 How does all of this relate back to fashion, exactly? Emily Farra, Vogue, "What Is All of This Packaging Doing to the Planet? These Companies Have a Few (Surprisingly Luxe) Ideas for Solving the Problem," 24 Apr. 2019 Zara might've made one version of it, but this minimalist sandal style isn't exactly unique to the brand. Glamour, "This Is The One Sandal Everyone Will Be Wearing This Summer," 24 Apr. 2019 Experts aren’t sure of exactly how these excess androgens can affect ovulation. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Can Diet and Exercise Actually Improve PCOS Symptoms?," 23 Apr. 2019 The corner stone of the cathedral was laid in a ceremony attended by King Louis VII and Pope Alexander III in the spring of 1163 (April 25, by some accounts, exactly 846 years ago next week). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 2019 This was another Guardiola season going exactly according to Guardiola’s plan. ... Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "How Pep Guardiola Lost Control of the Champions League," 18 Apr. 2019 So showing exactly where their furniture comes from? Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Startup Furniture Company Makes It So Easy to Customize Your Own Sofa," 16 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of exactly

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for exactly

exact entry 2 + -ly entry 2

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English Language Learners Definition of exactly

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

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