Definitions for exactɪgˈzækt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. strictly accurate or correct:

    an exact description.

  2. precise, as opposed to approximate:

    the exact date.

  3. admitting of no deviation, as laws or discipline; strict or rigorous.

  4. capable of the greatest precision:

    exact instruments.

  5. characterized by or using strict accuracy:

    an exact thinker.

  6. (v.t.)to call for, demand, or require:

    to exact respect.

  7. to force or compel the payment, yielding, or performance of:

    to exact a ransom.

Origin of exact:

1400–50; late ME < L exāctus, orig. ptp. of exigere to drive out, enforce, exact =ex-ex -1+-igere, comb. form of agere to drive, do, act


Princeton's WordNet

  1. exact(adj)

    marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact

    "an exact mind"; "an exact copy"; "hit the exact center of the target"

  2. accurate, exact, precise(verb)

    (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct

    "a precise image"; "a precise measurement"

  3. demand, exact(verb)

    claim as due or just

    "The bank demanded payment of the loan"

  4. claim, take, exact(verb)

    take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs

    "the accident claimed three lives"; "The hard work took its toll on her"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. exact(adjective)ɪgˈzækt

    ≠ approximate

    the exact details; exact directions to my house; the exact amount of money


  1. exact(Verb)

    To demand and enforce the payment or performance of.

  2. exact(Verb)

    To make desirable or necessary.

  3. exact(Verb)

    To forcibly obtain or produce.

    to exact revenge

  4. exact(Adjective)

    Precisely agreeing with a standard, a fact, or the truth; perfectly conforming; neither exceeding nor falling short in any respect.

  5. exact(Adjective)

    Habitually careful to agree with a standard, a rule, or a promise; accurate; methodical; punctual

  6. exact(Adjective)

    Precisely or definitely conceived or stated; strict.

  7. exact(Adjective)

    Such that the kernel of one homomorphism is the image of the preceding one.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exact(adj)

    precisely agreeing with a standard, a fact, or the truth; perfectly conforming; neither exceeding nor falling short in any respect; true; correct; precise; as, the clock keeps exact time; he paid the exact debt; an exact copy of a letter; exact accounts

  2. Exact(adj)

    habitually careful to agree with a standard, a rule, or a promise; accurate; methodical; punctual; as, a man exact in observing an appointment; in my doings I was exact

  3. Exact(adj)

    precisely or definitely conceived or stated; strict

  4. Exact(adj)

    to demand or require authoritatively or peremptorily, as a right; to enforce the payment of, or a yielding of; to compel to yield or to furnish; hence, to wrest, as a fee or reward when none is due; -- followed by from or of before the one subjected to exaction; as, to exact tribute, fees, obedience, etc., from or of some one

  5. Exact(verb)

    to practice exaction

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exact' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4236

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exact' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3858

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exact' in Adjectives Frequency: #562

Translations for exact

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


absolutely accurate or correct in every detail; the same in every detail; precise

What are the exact measurements of the room?; For this recipe the quantities must be absolutely exact; an exact copy; What is the exact time?; He walked in at that exact moment.

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