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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Recent Examples on the Web The nervous system can maintain precise and targeted connections, such as those between muscles and the nerves that control them. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 9 June 2021 Her response was precise and encouraging, but also familiar. Washington Post, 8 June 2021 For example, one acre that once yielded 125 bushels of corn may get analyzed, irrigated and fertilized in such a precise way that the same acre can yield 150 bushels or more. Brandon Silveira, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Invest in a few good cosmetic brushes for even, precise, and hygienic makeup application. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 2 June 2021 Known for his work on a funding formula that created a more precise way of targeting San Antonio’s highest-poverty schools, Choudhury received praise from Maryland legislators and national education advocates when he was chosen. Liz Bowie,, 1 June 2021 Yet that would do a disservice to what is both a technically precise and a blush-worthy performance worth every award thrown Winslet’s way. Manuel Betancourt, Vulture, 27 May 2021 Route planning, safety guarantees, medical preparations, emergency rescue and food supplies need to be precise and foolproof, CCTV said. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 24 May 2021 The Fuji's steering is both precise and reassuringly progressive. Car and Driver, 21 May 2021

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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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The first known use of precise was in the 15th century

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“Precise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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


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.

Other Words from precise

precisely adverb


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