pre·​cise·​ly | \ pri-ˈsīs-lē How to pronounce precisely (audio) \

Definition of precisely

: exactly precisely two o'clock sometimes used as an intensive was popular precisely because he was so kind

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Examples of precisely in a Sentence

I feel precisely the same way as you do. measured the length of the board precisely

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None, and that’s precisely part of Marfa Myths’ charm. Vogue, "Online Ceramics Tees, Cowboy Hats, and Marbled Tie-Dye: The Best Street Style From Marfa Myths," 16 May 2019 Situational awareness was precisely the goal of the NASA bots, whose every feature was designed to protect and operate the most advanced sensory equipment available. Popular Mechanics, "The Squishy Robots That Could Save the World," 13 May 2019 Burger chain Shake Shack, however, took precisely the opposite tack. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Shake Shack Results Were Too Sunny," 4 May 2019 White is a brilliant color for doing precisely that, as the human eye is naturally drawn to sources of light, which white reflects more powerfully than other hues. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate the Simplicity of White," 1 May 2019 That's precisely what attracted Marano to the part. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Laura Marano Is a New Kind of Romantic Comedy Heroine in Netflix's The Perfect Date," 12 Apr. 2019 Stephen Davis, an archaeology professor at University College Dublin, said there had not been a significant excavation since the 1970s, leaving researchers unable to precisely date the henges. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "Drought and Drone Reveal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Signs of Ancient Henge in Ireland," 13 July 2018 So, Conversation Square was born, or more precisely, still in the process of its birth. Shao Xinning, Seventeen, "This Teen Created Her Own Pen Pal Service in Order to Connect Girls Across China," 18 Mar. 2019 In the end, the researchers were able to increase the qubit lifetime (or more precisely, the coherence time) by a factor of six to around 250ns. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Straining a diamond makes silicon-based qubit behave," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of precisely

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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