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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exactadjective

    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, preciseverb

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

    "a precise image"; "a precise measurement"

  3. demand, exactverb

    claim as due or just

    "The bank demanded payment of the loan"

  4. claim, take, exactverb

    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"


  1. exactverb

    To demand and enforce the payment or performance of.

  2. exactverb

    To make desirable or necessary.

  3. exactverb

    To forcibly obtain or produce.

    to exact revenge

  4. exactadjective

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

  5. exactadjective

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

  6. exactadjective

    Precisely or definitely conceived or stated; strict.

  7. exactadjective

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EXACTadjective

    Etymology: exactus, Latin.

    All this, exact to rule, were brought about,
    Were but in a combat in the lifts left out. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Crit.

    What if you and I enquire how money matters stand between us? —— With all my heart, I love exact dealing; and let Hocus audit. John Arbuthnot, John Bull.

    Many gentlemen turn out of the seats of their ancestors, to make way for such new masters as have been more exact in their accounts than themselves. Spectator, №. 174.

    In my doings I was exact. Ecclus. li. 19.

  2. To Exactverb

    Etymology: exigo, exactus, Latin.

    Thou now exact’st the penalty,
    Which is a pound of this poor merchant’s flesh. William Shakespeare.

    Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again; but that which is thine with thy brother, thine hand shall release. Deut. xv. 3.

    Exact of servants to be faithful and diligent. Taylor.

    From us his foes pronounc’d glory he exacts. John Milton.

    The hand of fate is over us, and heaven
    Exacts severity from all our thoughts. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Years of service past,
    From grateful souls exact reward at last. John Dryden, Knight’s Tale.

    Where they design a recompence for benefits received, they are less solicitous to make it when it is exacted. George Smalridge.

    Let us descend now therefore from this top
    Of speculation; for the hour precise
    Exacts our parting hence. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xii.

    And justice to my father’s soul, exact
    This cruel piety. John Denham, Sophy.

  3. To Exactverb

    To practise extortion.

    The enemy shall not exact upon him. Ps. lxxx. 22.


  1. exact

    "Exact" refers to something that is entirely correct, completely accurate, or precise in every detail. It involves strict adherence to rules or standards without any variance or deviation. This term can be used in various contexts, such as measurement, timing, description or accounting, among others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exactadjective

    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. Exactadjective

    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. Exactadjective

    precisely or definitely conceived or stated; strict

  4. Exactadjective

    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. Exactverb

    to practice exaction

  6. Etymology: [L. exactus precise, accurate, p. p. of exigere to drive out, to demand, enforce, finish, determine, measure; ex out + agere to drive; cf. F. exact. See Agent, Act.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exact

    egz-akt′, v.t. to force from: to compel full payment of: to make great demands, or to demand urgently: to extort: to inflict.—v.i. to practice extortion.—adj. precise: careful: punctual: true: certain or demonstrable.—p.adj. Exact′ing, compelling full payment of: unreasonable in making demands.—ns. Exac′tion, act of exacting or demanding strictly: an oppressive demand: that which is exacted, as excessive work or tribute; Exact′itude, exactness: correctness.—adv. Exact′ly.—ns. Exact′ment; Exact′ness, quality of being exact: accuracy; Exact′or, -er, one who exacts: an extortioner: one who claims rights, often too strictly:—fem. Exact′ress.—Exact sciences, the mathematical sciences, of which the results are demonstrable. [L. exigĕre, exactumex, out, agĕre, to drive.]

Editors Contribution

  1. exact

    Complete and true.

    The news was exact and accurate so they were happy it was such joyful news.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 1, 2020  

  2. Exact

    Having every element to function effectively.

    The digital clock on the computer is exact.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 21, 2020  

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exact in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exact in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of exact in a Sentence

  1. Starlee Coleman:

    Any person who is a parent, who has more than one child, can tell you that no two children learn the same. They are not motivated in the same way. They don’t work at the same level. So the idea that the exact same school structure, with the exact same curriculum, is going to work in every different school for every different kid in this country is outdated thinking, we need different types of schools that respond to kids’ needs in different ways.

  2. Bertrand Russell:

    It is obvious that 'obscenity' is not a term capable of exact legal definition in the practice of the Courts, it means 'anything that shocks the magistrate.'

  3. Jeffery Robinson:

    I found Jeffery Robinson saying to him the exact same things that my father had said to me about how to survive as a black man in America. And they were the exact same things that my father's father had said to him, this was tearing me apart, as I thought when does this end ?

  4. Francis Bacon:

    Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.

  5. Mayank kumar:

    We all know one day we will die but don't know the exact date, we don't know that fucking exact date, say what you want to say to everyone who loves you or you love because we don't know the exact date.”

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