Meaning of EXACT in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ɪgzækt ]

( exacts, exacting, exacted)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Exact means correct in every detail. For example, an exact copy is the same in every detail as the thing it is copied from.

I don’t remember the exact words...

The exact number of protest calls has not been revealed...

It’s an exact copy of the one which was found in Ann Alice’s room.

= precise

≠ approximate

ADJ : usu ADJ n

• ex‧act‧ly

Try to locate exactly where the smells are entering the room...

Both drugs will be exactly the same...

Barton couldn’t remember exactly.

= precisely

≠ approximately

ADV : usu ADV with cl / group , also ADV after v


You use exact before a noun to emphasize that you are referring to that particular thing and no other, especially something that has a particular significance.

I hadn’t really thought about it until this exact moment...

It may be that you will feel the exact opposite of what you expected.

ADJ : ADJ n [ emphasis ]

• ex‧act‧ly

These are exactly the people who do not vote...

He knew exactly what he was doing.

= precisely, just

ADV : ADV n / wh


If you describe someone as exact , you mean that they are very careful and detailed in their work, thinking, or methods.

Formal, exact and obstinate, he was also cold, suspicious, touchy and tactless.

= meticulous



When someone exacts something, they demand and obtain it from another person, especially because they are in a superior or more powerful position. ( FORMAL )

Already he has exacted a written apology from the chairman of the commission...

VERB : V n from/for n


If someone exacts revenge on a person, they have their revenge on them.

She uses the media to help her exact a terrible revenge.

VERB : V n


If something exacts a high price, it has a bad effect on a person or situation.

The sheer physical effort had exacted a heavy price...

The strain of a violent ground campaign will exact a toll on troops.

VERB : V n , V n on n


see also exactly


You say to be exact to indicate that you are slightly correcting or giving more detailed information about what you have been saying.

A small number–five, to be exact–have been bad...

PHRASE : PHR with cl / group

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