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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The duration and precise location of the latest drills is not yet known, but Taiwan has already eased flight restrictions near the six earlier Chinese exercise areas surrounding the island. Reuters, NBC News, 8 Aug. 2022 Later in the game, Chase used his precise route running skills to gain separation versus George on a slant route from the right side of the field. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 8 Aug. 2022 Its precise location can be blurry, and there is still dispute between China and India as to where one country ends and the other begins. Barbara Starr, CNN, 6 Aug. 2022 Her precise date of birth could not immediately be confirmed. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2022 Steve Veres, a trustee since 2011, said the projects covered under the current proposal target precise needs. Debbie Truongstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Her precise date of birth could not immediately be confirmed. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 This pair is useful for any craft or household project that’s in need of a precise cut, ensuring a sharp, clean finish. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 5 Aug. 2022 The Charlotte Tilbury Brow Cheat Refillable Hair-Like Eyebrow Pencil features a rich pigment, precise application, and a design that makes maneuvering around your brows a breeze. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/precise. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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