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exact
/ɪgˈzækt/
adjective
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exact
/ɪgˈzækt/
adjective
Learner's definition of EXACT
1
:
fully and completely correct or accurate

the exact time

an exact copy/duplicate/replica/reproduction

Those were his exact words.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

We don't know the exact nature of the problem.

Predicting the path of hurricanes is not an exact science.
2
[more exact; most exact]
:
very careful and accurate

The police have an exact description of the killer.

Please take the most exact measurements possible.

exact [=precise] instruments

He is very exact in the way he solves a problem.
exact opposite
:
the complete opposite

I realize now that I have tried to make my work the exact opposite of my father's. [=to make my work as different as possible from my father's]

He used to be romantic, but now he's the exact opposite. [=now he is not at all romantic]
exact same
or US
same exact
—
used as a more forceful way to say “same”
to be exact
—
used to indicate that a statement is accurate and specific

that afternoon, June 22, to be exact

They had many children—seven, to be exact.

He came a long way—from Nome, Alaska, to be exact—to attend the wedding.
— exactness
noun
[noncount]
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exact
/ɪgˈzækt/
verb
exacts;
exacted;
exacting
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exact
/ɪgˈzækt/
verb
exacts;
exacted;
exacting
Learner's definition of EXACT
[+ object]
formal
1
:
to demand and get (something, such as payment or revenge) especially by using force or threats
2
—
used in phrases like exact a terrible toll and exact a high/heavy price to say that something has caused a lot of suffering, loss, etc.