From Old French, from Medieval Latin exactare, 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.
- 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.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene ii]:
- An exact command, / Larded with many several sorts of reason.
- (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, intransitive) To demand and enforce the payment or performance of, sometimes in a forcible or imperious way.
- to exact tribute, fees, or obedience from someone
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Luke 3:13:
- He said into them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
- 2018, Edo Konrad, "Living in the constant shadow of settler violence", +972 Magazine:
- Their goal is retributive: to exact a price from Palestinian civilians (and in some cases left-wing Israeli Jews, Christians, and Israeli security forces) for actions Israeli authorities take against the settlers, usually building enforcement in illegally built settlements.
- 2020 September 19, statement of Clarence Thomas on the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
- She was a superb judge who gave her best and exacted the best from each of us, whether in agreement or disagreement.
- 2020, Kristine Henriksen Garroway, John W. Martens, Children and Methods (page 139)
- […] a generic, strikingly universal, deity, “ha-elohim,” who tests, who exacts and extracts, and who is the object of fear […]
- (transitive) To make desirable or necessary.
- (transitive) To inflict; 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, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- exact at OneLook Dictionary Search
|Inflection of exact|
- “exact” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
Declension of exact