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>
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.
Origin and Etymology of precise
Middle English, from Medieval French precis, from Latin praecisus, past participle of praecidere to cut off, from prae- + caedere to cut
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of precise
PRECISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of precise for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of precise for Students
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.>
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