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"exact" in British English

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exactadjective

uk   /ɪɡˈzækt/ us   /ɪɡˈzækt/
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.
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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 their victims.
to make something necessary: Heart surgery exacts tremendous skill 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 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.

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   /ɪɡˈzækt/ us  
complete, correct, or true in every way: exact number/amount/price The exact purchase price will depend on the company’s per-share book value on the deal's closing date. We are going to provide over $50 million, $52 million to be exact, in grants.
exact change/money
MONEY the correct amount 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   /ɪɡˈzækt/ us   formal
to demand a payment from someone: Creditors may exact severe penalties if the borrower defaults.
exact a toll/price/cost
to create problems, loss, danger, etc. for someone or something: Alcohol and drug abusers exact a heavy toll on American businesses due to lower productivity, increased absenteeism, and accidents.
(Definition of exact from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“exact” in British English

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“exact” in Business English

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