Definition of "exact" []

  • Strictly and completely in accord with fact; not deviating from truth or reality: an exact account; an exact replica; your exact words. (adjective)
  • Characterized by accurate measurements or inferences with small margins of error; not approximate: an exact figure; an exact science. (adjective)
  • Characterized by strict adherence to standards or rules: an exact speaker. (adjective)
  • To force the payment or yielding of; extort: exact tribute from a conquered people. (verb-transitive)
  • To demand and obtain by or as if by force or authority: a harsh leader who exacts obedience. See Synonyms at demand. (verb-transitive)
  • Correct in every detail; strictly accurate (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Precise, as opposed to approximate; neither more nor less (adjective)
  • Specific; particular (adjective)
  • Operating with very great precision (adjective)
  • Allowing no deviation from a standard; rigorous; strict (adjective)
  • Based mainly on measurement and the formulation of laws, as opposed to description and classification (adjective)
  • To force or compel (payment or performance); extort (verb)
  • To demand as a right; insist upon (verb)
  • To call for or require (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "exact" in a sentence
  • "Science considers, primarily and predominantly, the more exact and rigorous relations of Phenomena; and the existence of an _exact_ and _definite_ point of departure in Thought and Being, more fundamental, from the"
  • "The above is not the "Law of Exemptions" in exact words, but it is that part of it which was made for the Brethren, in _exact sense_."
  • "Many of the foods that fuel us in the short term exact a damaging toll over time."