precisely

adverb
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

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of precisely in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

But to Lavalette, owner of LAVA Interiors, that’s precisely what made the project fun. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "This Four-Story Brooklyn Brownstone Is Traditional—With a Twist," 18 Mar. 2019 The decision had been made long before to avoid precisely the kind of violent outbreaks that happened on Saturday. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "South America’s Soccer Final Postponed for Second Time," 25 Nov. 2018 Any disbelief that a deaf person could take on a management or executive role is precisely the kind of stigma Starbucks and deaf community advocates aim to combat. Rachel Siegel, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks opens first U.S. sign language store — with murals, tech pads and fingerspelling," 23 Oct. 2018 And the happy little songs at the end of each stage feel like precisely the kind of small, pleasant reward each small, pleasant level should end on. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Gnog Review: Short and sweet puzzle unboxing," 12 Aug. 2018 From Thomas' perspective, that's precisely what happens. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Dial Code: Santa Claus is our new favorite holiday cult classic," 24 Dec. 2018 Playing under the roof — precisely the way Friday night ended for them — Djokovic and Nadal assembled an instant classic on a day when the women's final typically has the main stage to itself. Sam Farmer, courant.com, "Djokovic Wins Another Marathon, Defeating Nadal In Wimbledon Semifinal," 14 July 2018 Wimbledon doesn’t use tiebreakers in the fifth set for men, or third set for women, so there’s nothing to prevent a match from going on and on and on — and that’s precisely what Isner and Anderson did, often thanks to one ho-hum hold after another. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Kevin Anderson outlasts John Isner in second-longest match in Wimbledon history," 13 July 2018 Yet that combo is precisely how Rumer Willis is achieving serious gains in the gym. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How to Strengthen Your Core and Lower Body With Box Squats Like Rumer Willis," 24 Jan. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'precisely.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of precisely

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about precisely

Share precisely

Statistics for precisely

Last Updated

24 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for precisely

The first known use of precisely was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on precisely

What made you want to look up precisely? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a shady place in a garden or forest

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!