Meaning of “exact” in the English Dictionary

"exact" in British English

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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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  • I looked the word up in the dictionary to check the exact meaning.
  • We don't yet know the exact wording of the agreement.
  • The exact number of casualties still hasn't been confirmed.
  • I forget the exact age difference between Mark and his brother - they're two or three years apart.
  • Mystery still surrounds the exact circumstances of Stalin's death.
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

(Definition of “exact” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exact" in American English

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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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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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