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Meaning of “exactly” in the English Dictionary

"exactly" in British English

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exactlyadverb

uk   us   /ɪɡˈzækt.li/
A2 used when you are giving or ​asking for ​information that is ​completelycorrect: The ​journey took exactly three ​hours. That'll be £15 exactly, ​please. It ​tastes exactly the same as the ​real thing, but has ​half the ​fat. The ​buildinglooks exactly as it did when it was ​built in 1877. "What you ​seem to be saying is that more should be ​invested in the ​roadsystem and less in the ​railways." "Exactly" (= that is ​correct).B1 used to ​emphasize what you are saying: Do exactly what I ​tell you and no one will get ​hurt! Exactly how do you ​propose to ​achieve this? What exactly do you ​mean?not exactly used for saying that someone or something is ​slightly different from a ​particular way of ​describing him, her, or it: He's not exactly ​good-looking, but he has a ​certainattraction. B2 used for saying that something is not ​completelytrue: "So you gave her ​youriPod?" "Not exactly, I ​lent it to her." used for saying that something is the ​opposite of a ​particular way of ​describing it: Answer the ​question - it's not exactly ​difficult.

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

"exactly" in American English

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exactlyadverb

 us   /ɪɡˈzækt·li/
  • exactly adverb (ACCURATELY)

in a ​complete and ​correct way; not more or less than a ​particularnumber, ​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 ​increaseemphasis: The ​businessmen who ​work in ​banking, she ​thought, all ​look exactly the same. You’re exactly ​right.
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