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exact

adjective

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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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verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of exact (Entry 2 of 2)

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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Frequently Asked Questions About exact

How is the word exact different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of exact are accurate, correct, nice, precise, and right. While all these words mean "conforming to fact, standard, or truth," exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth.

exact measurements

In what contexts can accurate take the place of exact?

The synonyms accurate and exact are sometimes interchangeable, but accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care.

an accurate description

When could correct be used to replace exact?

In some situations, the words correct and exact are roughly equivalent. However, correct usually implies freedom from fault or error.

correct answers

socially correct dress

When would nice be a good substitute for exact?

The words nice and exact can be used in similar contexts, but nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination.

makes nice distinctions

How do precise and exact relate to one another?

Precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation.

precise calibration

How are the words right and correct related as synonyms of exact?

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

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The first known use of exact was in 1533

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“Exact.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/exact. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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