precise

adjective
pre·cise | \pri-ˈsīs \

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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From Takada’s precise and serene score, Lafawndah wrote lyrics that are essentially a dialogue between herself and the fox. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Two Generations of Experimental Musical Artists Join Forces for a Dreamy New Kenzo Video," 12 July 2018 His command was precise and his offspeed pitches were mixed at will. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros hang on to beat Rangers in series opener," 3 July 2018 His playing, particularly on the newest songs, is interestingly precise and constrained, with an almost staccato attack at times that seems in contrast to the cosmic diffusion of the music overall. John Adamian, courant.com, "From Sam Hunt And Reba To U2 And King X: A Week Of Big-Name Concerts," 23 June 2018 That requires precise and accurate information about not just road lanes but repairs, traffic lights, crosswalks, and buildings. Yuri Kageyama, The Christian Science Monitor, "Japan inches closer to ultra-precise 3-D maps for self-driving cars," 14 June 2018 Rear Height Assist allows the driver to raise or lower the rear of the vehicle to make hitching a trailer simple, while Hitch Assist uses trajectory lines on the touch screen to aid in precise backing. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Land Rover’s 5th-generation Discovery excels either on or off the beaten track | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 May 2018 First, the 20-year-old stunned former no. 1 player Maria Sharapova in straight sets with her precise and powerful serve. Kevin Nguyen, GQ, "Naomi Osaka Is the Coolest Thing in Tennis," 24 May 2018 Each expression is articulate and precise and true. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "There's a Cincinnati story hidden inside 'Hamilton' the musical," 4 May 2018 To put it in the most precise and official terms, things are gonna be chiller. Josh Duboff, Vanities, "How Will Prince William and Prince Harry’s Weddings Be Different?," 30 Apr. 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 \

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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