exact[eg zakt′, ig-]
A woman tries to get an exact measurement.
- The definition of exact is completely true, following all guidelines or precise.
An example of something exact is a measurement of water that is completely accurate.
- characterized by, requiring, or capable of accuracy of detail; very accurate; methodical; correct: an exact science
- not deviating in form or content; without variation; precise: an exact replica
- being the very (one specified or understood): the exact spot where I put it
- strict; severe; rigorous: an exact disciplinarian
Origin of exactClassical Latin exactus ; from past participle of exigere, to drive out, measure, determine ; from ex-, out + agere, to do: see act
- to force payment of; extort: with from or of
- to demand and get by authority or force; insist on: with from or of
- to call for; make necessary; require
Origin of exactME exacten
- Strictly and completely in accord with fact; not deviating from truth or reality: an exact account; an exact replica; your exact words.
- Characterized by accurate measurements or inferences with small margins of error; not approximate: an exact figure; an exact science.
- Characterized by strict adherence to standards or rules: an exact speaker.
transitive verbex·act·ed, ex·act·ing, ex·acts
- To force the payment or yielding of; extort: exact tribute from a conquered people.
- To inflict (vengeance or punishment, for example).
Origin of exactLatin exāctus, past participle of exigere, to weigh out, demand : ex-, ex- + agere, to weigh; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
- ex·ac′tor, ex·act′er
(comparative more exact, superlative most exact)
- Precisely agreeing with a standard, a fact, or the truth; perfectly conforming; neither exceeding nor falling short in any respect.
- The clock keeps exact time.
- He paid the exact debt.
- an exact copy of a letter
- exact accounts
- Habitually careful to agree with a standard, a rule, or a promise; accurate; methodical; punctual.
- a man exact in observing an appointment
- In my doings I was exact.
- Precisely or definitely conceived or stated; strict.
- (algebra, of a sequence of groups connected by homomorphisms) Such that the kernel of one homomorphism is the image of the preceding one.
(third-person singular simple present exacts, present participle exacting, simple past and past participle exacted)