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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Its defense was physical; its attacking was precise. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "World Cup 2019: The U.S. Women’s Team Wins and Leaves the Stage as a New Kind of American Role Model," 7 July 2019 The president has been briefed on the broad strokes of the plan, but not the precise details, the official said. Anchorage Daily News, "Fear of immigration raids looms as plans for ICE ‘family operation’ move forward," 6 July 2019 The president has been briefed on the broad strokes of the plan, but not the precise details, the official said. Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Fear of immigration raids looms as plans for ICE “family operation” move forward," 6 July 2019 Streetscapes, stone facades, unofficial trodden pathways across grassy parks, outdoor markets selling dense rye bread — the scene is built on each page with precise detail. Mary Slosson | For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "‘Lifelines’ weaves a web of family drama and cultural nostalgia," 26 June 2019 The new regulation required hosting sites like Airbnb to provide city enforcement officers with a monthly report listing precise details on every short-term rental in New York City. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Judge Blocks Airbnb Crackdown in New York City," 3 Jan. 2019 The precise details of the agreement were not announced. Fox News, "Iran says it signed deal to rebuild Syria's military," 27 Aug. 2018 Still, precise details about the agreement were in shorter supply than leaders’ expressions of success on Friday. Billy Perrigo, Time, "European Leaders Say They Made a 'Breakthrough' Deal on the Migrant Crisis. Here's What They Agreed To Do," 29 June 2018 Only the precise detail of replay, showing that Sanchez made contact with the ball, turned a penalty kick into a goal-saving tackle. Bruce Jenkins,, "World Cup’s fresh theme: what might have been," 28 June 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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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


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.

Other Words from precise

precisely adverb

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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