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English definition of “exact”


adjective (CORRECT)   /ɪɡˈzækt/
in perfect detail; complete and correct: The exact distance is 3.4 miles. Do you have the exact time? "Is it 12 o’clock yet?" "It’s 12:03 to be exact." Exact is sometimes used to increase emphasis on the following word: She’s going through the exact same things I went through.
(Definition of exact adjective (CORRECT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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