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English definition of “exactly”

exactly

adverb
 
 
/ɪɡˈzæktli/
COMPLETELY CORRECT A2 used when you are giving or asking for information that is completely correct: What exactly seems to be the problem? The train got in at exactly ten o'clock.Accurate and exact
EMPHASIS B1 used to emphasize what you are saying: I found a dress that's exactly the same colour as my shoes.Stressing and emphasizing
AGREEMENT B2 something you say when you agree completely with someone: "Surely they should have told us about this problem sooner?" "Exactly."Words and phrases expressing agreement and acceptance
not exactly B2 used to say that something is not completely true: "Do you live here?" "Not exactly, I'm staying with friends."Wrong
not exactly easy/new/clear, etc informal used to say that a description is completely untrue: Let's face it, we're not exactly rich, are we?Wrong
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