exact Definition

  • 1fully and completely accurate or correct
  • 2to demand and obtain something, especially using authority or force

Using exact: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "exact" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The exact time is 3:45 pm.

  • Example

    I need the exact measurements of the room.

  • Example

    He exacted revenge on his enemies.

  • Example

    The government exacted a high tax on luxury goods.

exact Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using exact

  • to cause damage, harm, or suffering


    The long hours of work exacted a toll on his health.

  • the precise and literal meaning of what someone said


    I didn't say that I would come at 5 pm, those were not my exact words.

  • completely identical to something else


    The dress she wore was the exact same as mine.

Phrases with exact

  • a field of study that follows a strict methodology and can be measured and tested objectively


    Mathematics is considered an exact science.

  • a situation where two things are identical or very similar in all respects


    The color of the curtains was an exact match to the sofa.

  • something that is completely different from something else


    Her personality is the exact opposite of her sister's.

Origins of exact

from Latin 'exactus', meaning 'precise'


Summary: exact in Brief

The term 'exact' [ɪɡˈzækt] refers to something that is fully and completely accurate or correct. It can also mean to demand and obtain something, especially using authority or force. 'Exact' is used in phrases like 'exact science,' referring to fields of study that follow a strict methodology, and idioms like 'exact a toll,' meaning to cause damage or harm. Synonyms include 'precise,' 'accurate,' and 'meticulous.'

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