exact Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “exact” - English Dictionary

Definition of "exact" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

exactadjective

 us   /ɪɡˈzækt/

exact adjective (CORRECT)

in ​perfectdetail; ​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 ​increaseemphasis 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)

Definition of "exact" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

exactadjective

uk   us   /ɪɡˈzækt/
B1 in ​greatdetail, 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.
Synonym
More examples
exactness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/ (formal exactitude, uk   /-ˈzæk.tɪ.tʃuːd/  us   /-ˈzæk.tə.tuːd/ )

exactverb [T]

uk   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 ​theirvictims. to make something ​necessary: Heart ​surgery exacts ​tremendousskill and ​concentration.
(Definition of exact from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Definition of "exact" - Business English Dictionary

See all translations

exactadjective

uk   us   /ɪɡˈzækt/
complete, ​correct, or ​true in every way: exact number/amount/price The exact ​purchaseprice will depend on the company’s per-share ​bookvalue on the deal's ​closingdate. We are going to ​provide over $50 million, $52 million to be exact, in ​grants.
exact change/money MONEY the ​correctamount 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   us   /ɪɡˈzækt/ formal
to ​demand a ​payment from someone: Creditors may exact severe ​penalties if the ​borrowerdefaults.
exact a toll/price/cost to ​create problems, ​loss, danger, etc. for someone or something: Alcohol and ​drug abusers exact a ​heavytoll on American ​businessesdue to ​lowerproductivity, ​increasedabsenteeism, and accidents.
(Definition of exact from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “exact”
in Korean 정확한…
in Arabic بِالضَّبْط…
in Malaysian tepat…
in French exact, rigoureux…
in Russian точный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 精確的, 確切的, 正確的…
in Italian esatto…
in Turkish tam doğru, kesin…
in Polish dokładny, ścisły…
in Spanish exacto, preciso, riguroso…
in Vietnamese chính xác…
in Portuguese exato, preciso…
in Thai ถูกต้องแม่นยำ, ที่ละเอียดถี่ถ้วน…
in German genau, gewissenhaft…
in Catalan exacte…
in Japanese 正確な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 精确的, 确切的, 正确的…
in Indonesian tepat, teliti…
What is the pronunciation of exact?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“exact” in Business English

More meanings of “exact”

Word of the Day
coeducational

having male and female students being taught together in the same school or college rather than separately

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More