exact

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪɡˈzækt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ækt

Adjective[edit]

exact (comparative exacter or more exact, superlative exactest or 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.
  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, intransitive) To demand and enforce the payment or performance of, sometimes in a forcible or imperious way.
    to exact tribute, fees, or obedience from someone
    • He said into them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
    • 2018, Edo Konrad, "Living in the constant shadow of settler violence", +972 Magazine:
      Their goal is retributive: to exact a price from Palestinian civilians (and in some cases left-wing Israeli Jews, Christians, and Israeli security forces) for actions Israeli authorities take against the settlers, usually building enforcement in illegally built settlements.
    • 2020 September 19, statement of Clarence Thomas on the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg[1]:
      She was a superb judge who gave her best and exacted the best from each of us, whether in agreement or disagreement.
    • 2020, Kristine Henriksen Garroway, John W. Martens, Children and Methods (page 139)
      [] a generic, strikingly universal, deity, “ha-elohim,” who tests, who exacts and extracts, and who is the object of fear []
  2. (transitive) To make desirable or necessary.
  3. (transitive) To inflict; to forcibly obtain or produce.
    to exact revenge on someone

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used with the preposition from or on.

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Adverb[edit]

exact (comparative more exact, superlative most exact)

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

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French exact, from Middle French exact, from Latin exāctus.

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exact (comparative exacter, superlative exactst)

  1. exact, precise

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of exact
uninflected exact
inflected exacte
comparative exacter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial exact exacter het exactst
het exactste
indefinite m./f. sing. exacte exactere exactste
n. sing. exact exacter exactste
plural exacte exactere exactste
definite exacte exactere exactste
partitive exacts exacters

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin exāctus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛɡ.zakt/, (old-fashioned) /ɛɡ.za/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

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 or 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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