exactly

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exact +‎ -ly

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exactly (comparative more exactly, superlative most exactly)

  1. (manner) without approximation; precisely.
    Measure exactly so we can be sure it is right.
    The edge is not exactly straight.
  2. (focus) Used to provide emphasis.
    It was exactly an Eastern gray squirrel.
    He divided the coins exactly in half.
    He did it that way exactly to prove the point.
    His complaint was exactly that she failed to meet the deadline by four days.

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Interjection[edit]

exactly

  1. Signifies agreement or recognition
    So you're saying that we have only three days left? / Yes, exactly!

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