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English definition of “exactly”

exactly

adverb  /ɪɡˈzækt·li/ us  

exactly adverb (ACCURATELY)

in a complete and correct way; not more or less than a particular number, time, etc.: We’ve come exactly 41 miles. Make sure you measure the window exactly, otherwise the shade won’t fit. Exactly is sometimes used to increase emphasis: The businessmen who work in banking, she thought, all look exactly the same. You’re exactly right.
(Definition of exactly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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