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Meaning of "exactly" in Essential American English Dictionary

exactly

adverb   /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 Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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