exact

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French, from Medieval Latin exactare, reg., from Latin exactus, perfect passive participle of exigō (demand, claim as due" or "measure by a standard, weigh, test), from ex (out) + agō (drive).

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exact (comparative more exact, superlative most exact)

  1. Precisely agreeing with a standard, a fact, or the truth; perfectly conforming; neither exceeding nor falling short in any respect.
    The clock keeps exact time.
    He paid the exact debt.
    an exact copy of a letter
    exact accounts
  2. Habitually careful to agree with a standard, a rule, or a promise; accurate; methodical; punctual.
    a man exact in observing an appointment
    In my doings I was exact.
  3. Precisely or definitely conceived or stated; strict.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      An exact command, / Larded with many several sorts of reason.
  4. (algebra, of a sequence of groups connected by homomorphisms) Such that the kernel of one homomorphism is the image of the preceding one.

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Verb[edit]

exact (third-person singular simple present exacts, present participle exacting, simple past and past participle exacted)

  1. (transitive) To demand and enforce the payment or performance of, sometimes in a forcible or imperative way.
    to exact tribute, fees, or obedience from someone.
    • Bible, Luke iii. 13
      He said into them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
  2. (transitive) To make desirable or necessary.
    • Massinger
      My designs exact me in another place.
  3. (transitive) To forcibly obtain or produce.
    to exact revenge on someone.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used with prepositions from or on.

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Adverb[edit]

exact (comparative more exact, superlative most exact)

  1. exactly
  1. She's wearing the exact same sweater as I am!

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French[edit]

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exact (feminine singular exacte, masculine plural exacts, feminine plural exactes)

  1. exact; precise

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French exact.

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exact m, n (feminine singular exactă, masculine plural exacți, feminine and neuter plural exacte)

  1. exact, precise

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exact

  1. exactly, precisely

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