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so used to confirm emphatically that what has been said or suggested is exactly correct "So you think the system is outdated?"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 Bravado and D’Amore have a collaborative connection that reflects their upbringings precisely. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Efforts to precisely date the coffin are ongoing and will involve both radiocarbon dating and dendrochronology. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Sep. 2021 But environmentalists say that's precisely the point. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 13 Sep. 2021 Salvation, Dante will discover, requires the surrender of precisely that attribute to which he is most attached as an artist, a lover, and a man: his ego. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Kerry said Monday that the United States will set up a financing program with India precisely to attract international investment sought by India, which has set a target of deploying 450 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2030. Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2021 There just isn’t enough data, even 18 months into the pandemic, to know precisely who’s getting sick and how, particularly with kids in school. Karen Ann Cullotta,, 13 Sep. 2021 Those two, along with polesitter Palou and Rossi, ran through a runoff chicane the series set up for precisely that purpose, but were sent to the back by race control with cars who stayed on-track given positioning priority. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Sep. 2021 The most exclusive credit cards are invitation only, a gateway precisely designed to keep things reserved for a select few. Mceterafa, Robb Report, 11 Sep. 2021

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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 17 Sep. 2021.

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