precise

adjective
pre·​cise | \ pri-ˈsīs How to pronounce precise (audio) \

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 facts: Giuliani is technically right that election collusion isn’t a precise legal term. Anne Flaherty, The Seattle Times, "Fact check: So collusion isn’t a crime? Not exactly the point.," 30 July 2018 When coupled with an aging population and new delivery of other medical services, the time is ripe for precise planning to regulate future medical, nursing, and convalescent facilities. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Canton place a moratorium on new hospitals and convalescent or nursing homes?," 11 May 2018 So the dozens of collages at Participant Inc. on East Houston Street come as a surprise, both for their intimate scale and their precise, often ingenious melding of pornography and art. New York Times, "10 Galleries to Visit Now on the Lower East Side," 26 Apr. 2018 Its critics are right that neoliberalism has multiple meanings and can be used in a way that is more pejorative than precise. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, "How neoliberalism shapes the global economy and limits the power of democracies," 23 Apr. 2018 Girl in the Middle One father was lucky enough to capture that precise moment his little girl was inspired at a soccer match. Houston Chronicle, "Daughter is stuck playing referee in parents’ divorce," 8 June 2018 Inside the store, Beckham runs precise routes through racks of clothes, avoiding anything in the royal-blue family and gravitating towards red, his favorite color. Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018 Great versus supernal Almost all buyers will be stepping up to the TPR from something less-good—less precise, less moddable, less solid, less well-built. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Thrustmaster TPR: The best flight sim pedals you can buy in a store like a normal person," 23 Sep. 2018 The timer is configurable and precise, eliminating the variability of existing grenades. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Rectangular, Computerized Grenade Puts a New Spin on the Flashbang," 28 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce precise (audio) \

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.

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precisely adverb

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