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>
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.
Origin and Etymology of precise
Middle English, from Middle French precis, from Latin praecisus, past participle of praecidere to cut off, from prae- + caedere to cut
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of precise
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>.
PRECISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of precise for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of precise for Students
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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