Definition of exactly in English:



  • 1Used to emphasize the accuracy of a figure or description.

    ‘they met in 1989 and got married exactly two years later’
    • ‘You can read the pages exactly as they are laid out in the physical paper and download pdf's of any pages you want to keep.’
    • ‘Part of him knew exactly who would be described but he wanted the homeless man to say it.’
    • ‘Not all of the features above worked all the time or always exactly as described.’
    • ‘The figures would be then worked and reworked until they exactly met his needs.’
    • ‘His was a natural gift and, if it is not a contradiction in terms, this is exactly the way he styled it.’
    • ‘In fact the solution given, although in a special case, gives exactly the modern method.’
    • ‘The first electron micrograph in each figure shows exactly which part was examined.’
    • ‘It was just such a funny thing to know that my movements were exactly charted by this little slip of paper.’
    • ‘Years later it evokes exactly what we were thinking and feeling at the time.’
    • ‘A face is perfectly symmetrical where one side is exactly the same as the other.’
    • ‘If the bearing is correct, the wreck of the windjammer should be exactly below us.’
    • ‘It is too painful and distressing for me to describe in detail exactly what happened.’
    • ‘She has dealt with me at exactly the right level and in precisely the right way to see me through the treatment.’
    • ‘He used to sit there and paint and he'd tell us exactly what time the colour would change.’
    • ‘Quite a lot of regard is being given to exactly those issues in this term of Parliament.’
    • ‘Its molecule is almost exactly the right shape to fit closely against a molecule of the substrate.’
    • ‘The brothel turned out, when I went to check it out, to be exactly as Phillip described it.’
    • ‘It described a curve exactly the same as he had seen when looking at the carriage wheels.’
    • ‘It's the most perfect of words, because it sounds exactly like the concept it describes.’
    • ‘The Neale needed a good start to the second half and that was exactly what they got.’
    accurately, precisely, correctly, without error, without flaws, without mistakes, unerringly, faultlessly, perfectly
    precisely, entirely, absolutely, completely, totally, just, quite, in every way, in every respect, one hundred per cent, every inch, to the hilt
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    1. 1.1In exact terms; without vagueness.
      ‘what exactly are you looking for?’
      • ‘Well a lot of the problem was the definitions of what is a yacht and who exactly is Rich.’
      • ‘Whether this assertion is warranted and what exactly it amounts to is quite another question.’
      • ‘More precisely, have you guessed exactly where the one large casino is going to be yet?’
      • ‘I'm not sure what bird it is exactly, it's definitely a raptor, and looks like a huge hawk.’
      • ‘Newspapers can monitor exactly which stories in that spot will sell most papers.’
      • ‘We now know exactly what Lancashire has done in terms of modernisation, and what is needed.’
      • ‘When the first Icehotel in the world opened, some people were a little bemused by exactly what it was.’
      • ‘We need to identify exactly where problems exist and respond to them with precision.’
      • ‘Now, just exactly where have all the scraps of paper with the new addresses got to?’
      • ‘It took me a few minutes to figure out exactly what I hated about this painting.’
      • ‘He doesn't pull any punches and he lets you know in no uncertain terms exactly what he wants from you.’
      • ‘As a rule, there is no term in the contract about exactly where he is to work.’
      • ‘No one can be absolutely correct about when exactly life begins and every person will have his or her own view.’
      • ‘While commonly used by many authors, it is not so easy to pinpoint exactly what they mean by the term.’
      • ‘No question it's an excellent film but how accurate is that description exactly?’
      • ‘Second, what does it mean, exactly, to talk about children dying from air pollution?’
      • ‘It would have been a perfect spot for stargazing, had she known exactly what it was she was looking for.’
      • ‘Do you know exactly what you want to do with yourself once your undergrad degree is over?’
      • ‘So we need to identify exactly what the barriers are to see if we can correct them.’
      • ‘I want to ask him to open the books and tell us exactly what this war is costing in financial terms.’
  • 2Used as a reply to confirm or agree with what has just been said.

    ‘‘You mean that you're going to tell me the truth?’ ‘Exactly.’’
    precisely, yes, right, that's right, just so, quite so, quite, indeed, absolutely, truly, certainly, definitely, assuredly, undoubtedly, indubitably, without a doubt
    you bet, you got it, i'll say
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