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

Definition of precisely

1 : in a precise manner : exactly weighing ingredients precisely This incremental adjustment is continued until the bubble is precisely centered.— Barry F. Kavanagh often used to emphasize the precision of something (such as a measurement, time, description, etc.)The sample weighed precisely 6 ounces.We arrived at precisely two o'clock.She always knows precisely what to do.He was popular precisely because he was so kind.She always woke at eight precisely.— P. G. WodehouseIt is precisely to counter this sort of "negative advertising" that the garbage industry has lately been working hard to change its image.— Elizabeth Royte
2 : quite so used to confirm emphatically that what has been said or suggested is exactly correct"So you think the system is outdated?" "Precisely."

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I feel precisely the same way as you do. measured the length of the board precisely
Recent Examples on the Web In his conversation with reporters, Mr. al-Kadhimi avoided the question of how long and precisely how many U.S. troops should stay in Iraq, saying conditions on the ground would dictate that. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "U.S. to Reduce Troop Levels in Iraq to 3,000," 9 Sep. 2020 The stories are precisely the kind of content lawmakers are trying to keep tabs on. Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "Racial tensions roiling US pose a likely target for election meddling," 5 Sep. 2020 In a summer defined by face masks and social distancing, the connections Robert championed are precisely what we’ve been told to avoid. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "Too Much Distance Ruins Travel," 4 Sep. 2020 By tracking the shifting times of sunrise and sunset, the clocks can also drive seasonal changes, telling organisms precisely when to migrate, molt, or reproduce. Jo Marchant, Wired, "The Oysters That Knew What Time It Was," 1 Sep. 2020 The officers were unable to estimate precisely how many officers were at the Justice Center at the time. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Cleveland police officers on the front line of downtown George Floyd protests: ‘We were unprepared’," 7 June 2020 Late Saturday, a church group that was in the area found Daisy – or more precisely, Daisy found them. Ilana Keller, USA TODAY, "Daisy the 150-pound tortoise reunites with owner after going missing twice during Hurricane Laura," 31 Aug. 2020 Vizio and Samsung are attractive for digital buyers looking to use audience data from the TV makers to more precisely target individual users. Sahil Patel, WSJ, "TV Manufacturers Seek to Capture a Bigger Share of Streaming Ad Market," 30 Aug. 2020 Other economists noted that Powell was silent on precisely what will make inflation move above the 2% goal. Steve Matthews,, "Fed’s New Plan to Lift Inflation Faces Skepticism," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of precisely

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Precisely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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