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exact

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1 being in agreement with the truth or a fact or a standard
  • maybe I wasn't being very exact when I said I had done it a million times—but it sure seemed like it

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2 being neither more nor less than a certain amount, number, or extent
  • the exact number of passengers on that airplane was 147

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3 following an original exactly
  • an exact replica of an aircraft flown by the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II

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4 made or done with extreme care and accuracy
  • the company stresses that its optical telescopes are exact instruments and should not be handled as toys

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5 meeting the highest standard of accuracy
  • in order for the blind to fit properly, we must have the exact measurements of the window

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1 to ask for (something) earnestly or with authority
  • every war inevitably exacts the greatest sacrifice possible from some of the nation's best and brightest

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2 to establish or apply as a charge or penalty
  • vowed to exact a heavy fine from any hockey player engaging in such outrageous behavior on the ice

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3 to get (as money) by the use of force or threats
  • that loan shark can be counted upon to exact repayment of his loan by whatever means necessary

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Adjective

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

Verb

demand, claim, require, exact mean to ask or call for something as due or as necessary. demand implies peremptoriness and insistence and often the right to make requests that are to be regarded as commands. demanded payment of the debt claim implies a demand for the delivery or concession of something due as one's own or one's right. claimed the right to manage his own affairs require suggests the imperativeness that arises from inner necessity, compulsion of law or regulation, or the exigencies of the situation. the patient requires constant attention exact implies not only demanding but getting what one demands. exacts absolute loyalty

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The first known use of exact was in 1533

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“Exact.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/ex-act. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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