Definition of precise in English:

precise

adjective

  • 1Marked by exactness and accuracy of expression or detail.

    ‘precise directions’
    ‘I want as precise a time of death as I can get’
    • ‘Tomb paintings illustrate wine production amply, although the precise details are not always clear.’
    • ‘Can there be a clearer, more precise illustration of a genuine conflict of interest?’
    • ‘Asked if either of those substances were relevant to the treatment of colic his answer is precise and unequivocal.’
    • ‘It is not necessary to specify any precise words for such a direction.’
    • ‘Mr Justice Jack was very clear and precise in his judgement saying the council's decision was right and lawful.’
    • ‘Whatever its precise direction, economic reconstruction was an urgent priority.’
    • ‘The thing is, I'm perfectly happy to follow clear precise instructions to fix things.’
    • ‘His direction is lean and precise, but allows his characters and scenes to expand.’
    • ‘Obviously his portraits involved precise observation, but the settings tend to be spectral.’
    • ‘Although it may seem obvious what rock is, formulating a precise definition is not straightforward.’
    • ‘Write in a precise, clear style and stick to the point, only including relevant information.’
    • ‘It also requires that any interference with freedom of expression must be precise enough that it can be understood.’
    • ‘Get precise directions if you are picking up a hire car at the airport.’
    • ‘Sharp questions about precise value for money, given all the additional billions, were also hard to answer.’
    • ‘Again the desire to express and evoke tender, inner feelings was hampered by precise, clear action.’
    exact, accurate, correct, error-free, pinpoint, specific, detailed, explicit, clear-cut, unambiguous, meticulous, close, strict, definite, particular, express
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) exact, accurate, and careful about details.
      ‘the director was precise with his camera positions’
      • ‘We are now sanitized and correct, factual and precise, but tragically bereft of relationship.’
      • ‘At the press conference announcing his decision to join Vinayan's new film, he was precise and clear.’
      • ‘He's gritty, he's precise and, perhaps most importantly, he's not doing this for the love of it.’
      • ‘Christopher is a slender and precise man in a collarless shirt and very pressed trousers.’
      • ‘He was so precise about it too, almost like a surgeon would be when dealing with a patient.’
      • ‘She was precise, logical, the possessor of the uncluttered desk and uncluttered mind.’
      • ‘Les was meticulous and precise, particularly in his use of English.’
      • ‘Anyone having a florid imagination or a tendency to exaggerate is less likely to be a reliable witness than one who is precise and careful.’
      • ‘He was very precise when it came to how much of what his animals ate.’
      • ‘He was a very precise man, and everything always had to go as planned or not get done at all.’
      • ‘On the short holes he is deadly precise and it is very rarely that one hears that he has strayed from the green with his tee shot.’
      meticulous, careful, exact, scrupulous, punctilious, conscientious, particular, exacting, methodical, strict, rigorous
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    2. 1.2attributive Used to emphasize that one is referring to an exact and particular thing.
      ‘at that precise moment the car stopped’
      • ‘At that precise moment, the tree seemed to blossom for the very first time.’
      • ‘Once again - at this precise moment - young Michael runs forward and pipes up.’
      • ‘His father left, letting go of the door at the precise moment to let it fall quietly shut.’
      • ‘No precise moment can be specified; like much else in medicine it will be a matter of judgment.’
      • ‘It sold the company in March for so little it did not have to disclose the precise figure.’
      • ‘I think it would be helpful if I very briefly refer to the precise finding of that employment tribunal.’
      • ‘It is to be understood that the precise location of the new station has been decided and that the designs have been finalised.’
      • ‘If I chose that way and was extremely unlucky, it might crash down at that precise moment, killing me inconveniently.’
      • ‘The keystones of the arches bear inscriptions indicating their precise location within the structure.’
      • ‘Of course it was dramatic at this precise moment, but it wouldn't last long, and then we'd just put it down as a bad experience.’
      • ‘How can a bird with such a small brain remember the precise locations of so many food caches?’
      • ‘What exactly they were doing at that precise location and time?’
      exact, particular, very, specific, actual, distinct
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French prescis, from Latin praecis- ‘cut short’, from the verb praecidere, from prae ‘in advance’ + caedere ‘to cut’.

Pronunciation

precise

/prɪˈsʌɪs/