Meaning of "exactly" in Essential American English Dictionary


adverb us /ɪɡˈzækt·li/

A2 used when you are giving or asking for information that is completely correct:

What exactly is the problem?
The train got in at exactly ten o’clock.

B1 used to make stronger what you are saying:

I found a dress that’s exactly the same color as my shoes.

something you say when you agree completely with someone:

“Surely they should have told us about this problem sooner?” “Exactly.”
not exactly

used to say that something is not completely true:

“Did you give her your book?” “Not exactly, I lent it to her.”

(Definition of “exactly” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)