precise

adjective
pre·​cise | \ pri-ˈsīs How to pronounce precise (audio) \

Definition of precise

1 : exactly or sharply defined or stated
2 : minutely exact
3 : strictly conforming to a pattern, standard, or convention
4 : distinguished from every other at just that precise moment

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Other Words from precise

preciseness noun

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correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usually implies freedom from fault or error. correct answers socially correct dress accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care. an accurate description exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth. exact measurements precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation. precise calibration nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination. makes nice distinctions right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault. the right thing to do

Examples of precise in a Sentence

Be sure to take precise measurements before you cut the cloth. The dating of very old materials has become more precise with new instruments. The word has a very precise meaning. Can you find a more precise term than “good” to describe the movie? Could you be a little more precise about what happened? She is very precise in her work.
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Because on the way up to a high of 102 degrees Wednesday, the temperature hit 101 degrees, at 2:29 p.m., to be precise. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Phoenix hit 101 degrees for the first time this summer, and we have a contest winner," 27 Apr. 2019 After numbing the area with a topical cream, small incisions are created, using a fine and very precise blade. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Mandy Moore Just Proved How Natural Microbladed Brows Can Look," 22 Apr. 2019 The spacecraft has already positioned itself for a very precise entry into the planet’s atmosphere with a series of trajectory correction maneuvers (TCMs). Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's InSight Sticks Its Martian Landing," 26 Nov. 2018 The apparent consensus is remarkable given the fact that those who estimate r-star, such as New York Fed President John Williams, acknowledge that their estimates are not very precise. WSJ, "Fed Isn’t Crazy, but We Face Hard Decisions," 28 Oct. 2018 The very precise Crispr technology, which snips DNA to introduce or excise genetic material, can be programmed to target a genetic sequence known to reside only in a specific genome. Wired.com Staff, WIRED, "WIRED’S Predictions for Bots, Blockchains, Crispr, and More," 22 May 2018 The homeowner called 911 and gave a very precise description of the suspect, Lillie said. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale man surprises intruder, who is now charged in two burglaries," 16 May 2018 The facts: Giuliani is technically right that election collusion isn’t a precise legal term. Anne Flaherty, The Seattle Times, "Fact check: So collusion isn’t a crime? Not exactly the point.," 30 July 2018 When coupled with an aging population and new delivery of other medical services, the time is ripe for precise planning to regulate future medical, nursing, and convalescent facilities. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Canton place a moratorium on new hospitals and convalescent or nursing homes?," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of precise

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for precise

Middle English, from Middle French precis, from Latin praecisus, past participle of praecidere to cut off, from prae- + caedere to cut

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precise

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of precise

: very accurate and exact
used to refer to an exact and particular time, location, etc.
: very careful and exact about the details of something

precise

adjective
pre·​cise | \ pri-ˈsīs How to pronounce precise (audio) \

Kids Definition of precise

1 : exactly stated or explained He gave precise instructions.
2 : very exact : accurate The clay for glaze was mixed in precise proportions with water and wood ash.— Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard
3 : being exactly the one mentioned or indicated and no other At that precise moment, the telephone rang.

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precisely adverb

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