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"exact" in British English

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exactadjective

uk   /ɪɡˈzækt/  us   /ɪɡˈzækt/
B1 in ​greatdetail, 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.
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exactness
noun [U] uk   /ɪɡˈzækt.nəs/  us   /ɪɡˈzækt.nəs/ (formal exactitude, uk   /-ˈzæk.tɪ.tʃuːd/  us   /-ˈzæk.tə.tuːd/ )

exactverb [T]

uk   /ɪɡˈzækt/  us   /ɪɡˈzækt/ formal
to ​demand and get something, sometimes using ​force or ​threats: to exact ​revenge on someone The blackmailers exacted a ​total of $100,000 from ​theirvictims.
to make something ​necessary: Heart ​surgery exacts ​tremendousskill and ​concentration.
(Definition of exact from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exact" in American English

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exactadjective

 us   /ɪɡˈzækt/
  • exact adjective (CORRECT)

in ​perfectdetail; ​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 ​increaseemphasis on the ​following word: She’s going through the exact same things I went through.

exactverb [T]

 us   /ɪɡˈzækt/ fml
  • exact verb [T] (OBTAIN)

to ​demand and ​obtain something, sometimes using ​threats or ​force: to exact ​revenge
(Definition of exact from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"exact" in Business English

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exactadjective

uk   us   /ɪɡˈzækt/
complete, ​correct, or ​true in every way: exact number/amount/price The exact ​purchaseprice will depend on the company’s per-share ​bookvalue on the deal's ​closingdate. We are going to ​provide over $50 million, $52 million to be exact, in ​grants.
exact change/money
MONEY the ​correctamount of ​cash needed to ​pay for something, and not more or less than the ​amount needed: Do you have the exact ​change? We’re out of ​quarters.

exactverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪɡˈzækt/ formal
to ​demand a ​payment from someone: Creditors may exact severe ​penalties if the ​borrowerdefaults.
exact a toll/price/cost
to ​create problems, ​loss, danger, etc. for someone or something: Alcohol and ​drug abusers exact a ​heavytoll on American ​businessesdue to ​lowerproductivity, ​increasedabsenteeism, and accidents.
(Definition of exact from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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