precise

adjective
pre·​cise | \pri-ˈsīs \

Definition of precise 

1 : exactly or sharply defined or stated

2 : minutely exact

3 : strictly conforming to a pattern, standard, or convention

4 : distinguished from every other at just that precise moment

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Other Words from precise

preciseness noun

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correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usually implies freedom from fault or error. correct answers socially correct dress accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care. an accurate description exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth. exact measurements precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation. precise calibration nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination. makes nice distinctions right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault. the right thing to do

Examples of precise in a Sentence

Be sure to take precise measurements before you cut the cloth. The dating of very old materials has become more precise with new instruments. The word has a very precise meaning. Can you find a more precise term than “good” to describe the movie? Could you be a little more precise about what happened? She is very precise in her work.
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The youngest woman at the table continues to search for the precise term for this physiological interplay, and then finds it: Russian nesting dolls. Mariano Vivanco; Styled By Simon Robins, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New American Dynasty," 3 Dec. 2018 But the precise legal arguments that the government made, and that the judge ultimately rejected, are still sealed. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "DOJ made secret arguments to break crypto, now ACLU wants to make them public," 28 Nov. 2018 That’s because the SUV will have the same quad-motor layout as the pickup truck, meaning an electric motor will power each wheel for precise all-wheel drive performance. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Rivian’s R1S SUV looks like an all-electric Land Rover," 27 Nov. 2018 The house explosion that killed a Gloucester County couple last week was caused by natural gas, authorities said Friday, but investigators were unable to pinpoint the precise source of ignition. Max Cohen, Philly.com, "House explosion that killed Gloucester County couple was accidental, fire marshal rules," 13 July 2018 Keep an eye on third-round pick Michael Gallup, who could become one of Prescott's favorites given his wide catch radius and penchant for creating separation with precise route running. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Cowboys training camp questions: Who steps up at receiver for Dak Prescott?," 12 July 2018 This precise irrational rationale is the intellectual formula of choice for budding totalitarian regimes. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 The nine bodies were unceremoniously dumped into a burial pit, tangled in a jumble of limbs anathema to the precise arrangements typically seen in Early Neolithic graves. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "7,000-Year-Old German Grave Shows New Side of Neolithic Brutality," 11 July 2018 One of the country's best orchestras, the versatile Indianapolis Symphony, is known for its precise interpretations of classical works and its swinging renditions of pops. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of precise

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for precise

Middle English, from Middle French precis, from Latin praecisus, past participle of praecidere to cut off, from prae- + caedere to cut

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precise

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of precise

: very accurate and exact

—used to refer to an exact and particular time, location, etc.

: very careful and exact about the details of something

precise

adjective
pre·​cise | \pri-ˈsīs \

Kids Definition of precise

1 : exactly stated or explained He gave precise instructions.

2 : very exact : accurate The clay for glaze was mixed in precise proportions with water and wood ash.— Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard

3 : being exactly the one mentioned or indicated and no other At that precise moment, the telephone rang.

Other Words from precise

precisely adverb

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