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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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 All Access broadcast that his team needs to work on positioning in the second half and as a whole, be more precise with their play. oregonlive, "Portland Thorns vs. Chicago Red Stars in NWSL Challenge Cup: Score, live updates, how to watch free live stream online," 1 July 2020 The quantum mechanics of these interactions are very well understood, and the measurements are very precise. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Tiny pendulum may reveal gravity’s secrets," 26 June 2020 To induce his mice to detect artificial scents, Chong had to be much more precise. Grace Huckins, Wired, "Scientists Taught Mice to Smell an Odor That Doesn’t Exist," 25 June 2020 Madigan said the county planned to update its website and include more precise language. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Couple shot with projectiles while photographing Justice Center damage during Cleveland protests: ‘it felt like we were just target practice’," 24 June 2020 Not everyone will reach their 10th decade, of course, so a more precise YLL could be calibrated by country. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "How do you measure a Covid-19 fatality?," 24 June 2020 Burr grinders are more precise and consistent than grinders with blades and are the preferred grinders on the frontier of today’s coffee world. Tony Vaz, Popular Science, "Burr grinders for a better tasting cup of coffee," 19 June 2020 Much of the public discussion about solutions to the pandemic has focussed on the efforts of experts—to develop a more precise test, more effective treatments, and, eventually, a vaccine. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "Can Coronavirus Contact Tracing Survive Reopening?," 12 June 2020 As new, more precise experiments ramp up data collection, researchers are reassessing theories about how dark matter particles lighter than a proton might appear in their detectors. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Direct Proof of Dark Matter May Lurk at Low-Energy Frontiers," 9 June 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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