exactly

adverb ex·act·ly \ ig-ˈzak-(t)lē \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of exactly

1 a : 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

  1. The levers need to be exactly positioned.

  2. we will meet at exactly six o'clock

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First Known Use of exactly

1612

exactly Synonyms

Synonyms
due, full, just, precisely, right, sharp, smack-dab, squarely, on the button, on the nose
Antonyms
inexactly
Related Words
even, expressly, faultlessly, perfectly; identically, uniformly; alike, likewise, similarly
Near Antonyms
slightly, somewhat, vaguely; differently, variably


EXACTLY Defined for English Language Learners

exactly

adverb

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



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