What does exact mean?

Definitions for exactɪgˈzækt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word exact.

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"


  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

  6. Origin: [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.]

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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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Otto von Bismark:

    Politics is no exact science.

  2. Medecins San Frontieres:

    We will never know exact numbers.

  3. Ben Carson Carson:

    It's premature to say the exact numbers.

  4. Vikram Rao:

    No one knows the exact reason behind this.

  5. Samuel Butler:

    Life is not an exact science, it is an art.

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