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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Inside the store, Beckham runs precise routes through racks of clothes, avoiding anything in the royal-blue family and gravitating towards red, his favorite color. Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018 Great versus supernal Almost all buyers will be stepping up to the TPR from something less-good—less precise, less moddable, less solid, less well-built. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Thrustmaster TPR: The best flight sim pedals you can buy in a store like a normal person," 23 Sep. 2018 The timer is configurable and precise, eliminating the variability of existing grenades. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Rectangular, Computerized Grenade Puts a New Spin on the Flashbang," 28 Feb. 2019 Any Hollywood movie buff can spot a Wes Anderson film set within a few frames—its distinctive color palettes, precise use of symmetry, whimsical decor, and overall nostalgic quality of each individual piece are a given in the director's films. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Wes Anderson-Themed Airbnb Will Transport You Right to Moonrise Kingdom," 20 Feb. 2019 The family's yard had a dilapidated garage, or perhaps former garage would be more precise. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "You've Got To See This Garage Makeover Into A New "She Shed"," 25 Jan. 2019 Banning did not know the precise location of the camp. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska pilot killed in midair crash remembered as respected flight instructor," 15 June 2018 Handling is precise and predictable, but the steering feels rubbery. Car and Driver, "Ford Escape," 30 Mar. 2018 In this experiment, researchers sent laser light through an optical fiber in a precise way to simulate the edge of a black hole. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Just Experimentally Proved One of Hawking's Wildest Theories," 23 Jan. 2019

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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.

Other Words from precise

precisely adverb

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