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

Definition of precisely

: exactly precisely two o'clock sometimes used as an intensivewas 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
Recent Examples on the Web But a classified blueprint leaked to the news organizations shows the camps are instead precisely what former detainees have described: forced ideological and behavioral re-education centers run in secret. Matthew Lee, The Denver Post, "U.S. criticizes China for abuses revealed by leaked cables," 26 Nov. 2019 The park is considered one of the most dangerous national parks, precisely because so many migrants and drug smugglers use it to illegally cross the border. Karen Chávez, USA TODAY, "Trump: Park rangers will patrol Mexican border, arrest migrants," 24 Nov. 2019 No stories, no solutions, no tricks, nothing to do but submit to a spin of the wheel of fortune — or (more precisely) a chemical reaction in a petri dish: these are not easy concepts to wrap a 21st century mind around. Time, "What the Land of Infertility Taught Me About Waiting," 18 Nov. 2019 Unlike those who can barely hold a tune whilst whistling, Lomax hits every note precisely, even going so far as to practice with a frequency tuner to ensure accurate pitch. Wired, "How to Be a Master Whistle Blower," 14 Nov. 2019 An hour into the show, the media room exploded in protests when organizers attempted to turn down the volume of the television precisely when Vicente Fernandez took the stage. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "2019 Latin Grammys: 8 Things You Didn't See On TV," 14 Nov. 2019 Next, the team sought a way to precisely remove the toxic E. faecalis to see whether the animals' symptoms improved. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Toxic gut bacteria make alcohol-triggered liver disease more deadly," 13 Nov. 2019 Blame China — or, more precisely, this country’s trade fight with China., "Wall Street has had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Wayfair. Lately, though, the love has been hard to find.," 1 Nov. 2019 The company also sectionalized electrical circuits so power managers could target outages more precisely to the lines facing danger. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Do California power shutoffs work? Hard to know, experts say," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of precisely

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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1 Dec 2019

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“Precisely.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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