From Old French, from Medieval Latin exactare, reg., from Latin exactus, perfect passive participle of exigō (“demand, claim as due" or "measure by a standard, weigh, test”), from ex (“out”) + agō (“drive”).
- Precisely agreeing with a standard, a fact, or the truth; perfectly conforming; neither exceeding nor falling short in any respect.
- The clock keeps exact time.
- He paid the exact debt.
- an exact copy of a letter
- exact accounts
- Habitually careful to agree with a standard, a rule, or a promise; accurate; methodical; punctual.
- a man exact in observing an appointment
- In my doings I was exact.
- (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
- I see thou art exact of taste.
- 1661, John Fell, The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond
- During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant […]
- Precisely or definitely conceived or stated; strict.
- (algebra, of a sequence of groups connected by homomorphisms) Such that the kernel of one homomorphism is the image of the preceding one.
- (precisely agreeing): perfect, true, correct, precise
- (precisely or definitely conceived or stated): strict
- spot on
- (precisely agreeing): inexact, imprecise, approximate
- (precisely or definitely conceived or stated): loose
precisely conceived or stated
- (transitive) To demand and enforce the payment or performance of, sometimes in a forcible or imperative way.
- to exact tribute, fees, or obedience from someone.
- Bible, Luke iii. 13
- He said into them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
- (transitive) To make desirable or necessary.
- (transitive) To forcibly obtain or produce.
- to exact revenge on someone.
To demand and enforce
To forcibly obtain or produce
- She's wearing the exact same sweater as I am!
- exact in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- exact in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- exact at OneLook Dictionary Search
|Inflection of exact|
- “exact” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
declension of exact