Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “exact”

exact

adjective uk   /ɪɡˈzækt/ us  
B1 in great detail, or complete, correct, or true in every way: The exact distance is 1.838 metres. The exact time of the accident was 2.43 p.m. "I still owe you £7, don't I?" "Actually, it's £7.30 to be exact." The exact location of the factory has yet to be decided. Unlike astronomy, astrology cannot be described as an exact science.
Synonym
Accurate and exact
exactness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ (formal exactitude,   /-ˈzæk.tɪ.tʃuːd/    /-ˈzæk.tə.tuːd/) us  

exact

verb [T] uk   /ɪɡˈzækt/ formal us  
to demand and get something, sometimes using force or threats, or to make something necessary: to exact revenge on someone The blackmailers exacted a total of $100,000 from their victims. Heart surgery exacts tremendous skill and concentration.Giving orders and commands
(Definition of exact from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of exact?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “exact” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

workmanship

the skill with which something was made or done

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More