Meaning of EXACT in English
/ ɪgˈzækt; NAmE / adjective , verb
correct in every detail
SYN precise :
She gave an exact description of the attacker.
an exact copy / replica of the painting
We need to know the exact time the incident occurred.
What were his exact words?
She's in her mid-thirties—thirty-six to be exact .
The colours were an exact match.
He started to phone me at the exact moment I started to phone him (= at the same time) .
Her second husband was the exact opposite of her first (= completely different) .
➡ note at true
( of people ) very accurate and careful about details
SYN meticulous , precise
( of a science ) using accurate measurements and following set rules
SYN precise :
Assessing insurance risk can never be an exact science.
► exact·ness noun [ U ]
■ verb [ vn ] ~ sth (from sb) ( formal )
to demand and get sth from sb :
She was determined to exact a promise from him.
to make sth bad happen to sb :
Stress can exact a high price from workers (= can affect them badly) .
He exacted (= took) a terrible revenge for their treatment of him.
► exac·tion / ɪgˈzækʃn; NAmE / noun [ C , U ] ( formal )
late Middle English (as a verb): from Latin exact- completed, ascertained, enforced, from the verb exigere , from ex- thoroughly + agere perform. The adjective dates from the mid 16th cent. and reflects the Latin exactus precise.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005