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ɪgˈzækt liex·act·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. precisely, exactly, justadverb

    indicating exactness or preciseness

    "he was doing precisely (or exactly) what she had told him to do"; "it was just as he said--the jewel was gone"; "it has just enough salt"

  2. precisely, exactly, on the nose, on the dot, on the buttonadverb

    just as it should be

    "`Precisely, my lord,' he said"

  3. precisely, incisively, exactlyadverb

    in a precise manner

    "she always expressed herself precisely"


  1. exactlyadverb

    without approximation; precisely.

  2. exactlyadverb

    Used to provide emphasis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Exactlyadverb

    Accurately; nicely; thoroughly.

    Etymology: from exact.

    Both of ’em knew mankind exactly well; for both of ’em began that study in themselves. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    The religion they profess is such, that the more exactly it is sifted by pure unbiassed reason, the more reasonable still it will be found. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.


  1. exactly

    Exactly is a term used to mean "precisely," "no more and no less," or "just." It is often used for emphasizing the accuracy or appropriateness of a particular term, description or explanation. It can also refer to the exact truth, exact amount, or direct correspondence with fact or definition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exactlyadverb

    in an exact manner; precisely according to a rule, standard, or fact; accurately; strictly; correctly; nicely

Editors Contribution

  1. exactlyadverb

    In an exact manner.

    We have identical goals in our marriage that are exactly aligned therefore we achieve easily and efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 4, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Exactly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1118

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Exactly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #458

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Exactly' in Adverbs Frequency: #96

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Exactly in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Exactly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Exactly in a Sentence

  1. Vanessa Hicks:

    I do believe that this picture right here shows what it means to be an American, that flag, the uniform, that baby -- exactly what every service member is out there fighting.

  2. Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan:

    It is very, very addictive. And it's killing people. And probably the worst part of all this in some ways is these big pharmaceutical companies like Purdue know exactly, and knew exactly, how dangerous these drugs could be. And instead of having safeguards at their corporate level, they instead put profits again over people.

  3. The State Department official:

    It is hard to know exactly what will come out of this first conversation, i am not oblivious to the weight of history.

  4. Paul Templer:

    You’re the sum of your choices. You’re exactly who, what and where you choose to be in life.

  5. Roger Severino:

    Back to school messages should be about seeking and learning truth, not pushing unscientific ideologies that hurt children and take away parents’ rights, school kids struggling with their male or female bodies should be treated with compassion and respect without forcing doctors to provide sterilizing surgeries and hormones or allowing biological boys to compete against and shower with girls, but that is exactly what the Biden Administration is requiring.

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