# Definition of *exactly* in English:

## exactly^{}

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### adverb

1Without discrepancy (used to emphasize the accuracy of a figure or description)

*‘they met in 1989 and got married exactly two years later’**‘fold the second strip of paper in exactly the same way’**‘The first electron micrograph in each figure shows exactly which part was examined.’**‘It is too painful and distressing for me to describe in detail exactly what happened.’**‘The brothel turned out, when I went to check it out, to be exactly as Phillip described it.’**‘Not all of the features above worked all the time or always exactly as described.’**‘It described a curve exactly the same as he had seen when looking at the carriage wheels.’**‘Part of him knew exactly who would be described but he wanted the homeless man to say it.’**‘It's the most perfect of words, because it sounds exactly like the concept it describes.’**‘In fact the solution given, although in a special case, gives exactly the modern method.’**‘The figures would be then worked and reworked until they exactly met his needs.’**‘You can read the pages exactly as they are laid out in the physical paper and download pdf's of any pages you want to keep.’**‘It was just such a funny thing to know that my movements were exactly charted by this little slip of paper.’**‘A face is perfectly symmetrical where one side is exactly the same as the other.’**‘She has dealt with me at exactly the right level and in precisely the right way to see me through the treatment.’**‘Its molecule is almost exactly the right shape to fit closely against a molecule of the substrate.’**‘If the bearing is correct, the wreck of the windjammer should be exactly below us.’**‘Years later it evokes exactly what we were thinking and feeling at the time.’**‘He used to sit there and paint and he'd tell us exactly what time the colour would change.’**‘The Neale needed a good start to the second half and that was exactly what they got.’**‘His was a natural gift and, if it is not a contradiction in terms, this is exactly the way he styled it.’**‘Quite a lot of regard is being given to exactly those issues in this term of Parliament.’*

**precisely**, entirely, absolutely, completely, totally, just, quite, in every way, in every respect, one hundred per cent, every inch, to the hiltView synonyms**accurately**, precisely, correctly, without error, without flaws, without mistakes, unerringly, faultlessly, perfectly- 1.1In exact terms; without vagueness.
*‘what exactly are you looking for?’**‘He doesn't pull any punches and he lets you know in no uncertain terms exactly what he wants from you.’**‘I'm not sure what bird it is exactly, it's definitely a raptor, and looks like a huge hawk.’**‘We now know exactly what Lancashire has done in terms of modernisation, and what is needed.’**‘As a rule, there is no term in the contract about exactly where he is to work.’**‘While commonly used by many authors, it is not so easy to pinpoint exactly what they mean by the term.’**‘I want to ask him to open the books and tell us exactly what this war is costing in financial terms.’**‘Whether this assertion is warranted and what exactly it amounts to is quite another question.’**‘Well a lot of the problem was the definitions of what is a yacht and who exactly is Rich.’**‘No question it's an excellent film but how accurate is that description exactly?’**‘It took me a few minutes to figure out exactly what I hated about this painting.’**‘More precisely, have you guessed exactly where the one large casino is going to be yet?’**‘We need to identify exactly where problems exist and respond to them with precision.’**‘No one can be absolutely correct about when exactly life begins and every person will have his or her own view.’**‘Do you know exactly what you want to do with yourself once your undergrad degree is over?’**‘When the first Icehotel in the world opened, some people were a little bemused by exactly what it was.’**‘Second, what does it mean, exactly, to talk about children dying from air pollution?’**‘It would have been a perfect spot for stargazing, had she known exactly what it was she was looking for.’**‘So we need to identify exactly what the barriers are to see if we can correct them.’**‘Now, just exactly where have all the scraps of paper with the new addresses got to?’**‘Newspapers can monitor exactly which stories in that spot will sell most papers.’*

2Used as a reply to confirm or agree with what has just been said.

*‘“You mean that you're going to tell me the truth?” “Exactly.”’*

View synonyms**precisely**, yes, right, that's right, just so, quite so, quite, indeed, absolutely, truly, certainly, definitely, assuredly, undoubtedly, indubitably, without a doubt

**Phrases**

1Not at all.

*‘that was not exactly convincing’**‘It is not exactly a new concept, but buyers have to be convinced that it is indeed gold.’**‘I have quite a collection of it, and though it's not exactly an investment collection, I love it.’**‘Being February, it's not exactly mobbed, but the weather is holding up quite well.’**‘They are not exactly awe-inspiring, but no doubt they were quite expensive to set up.’**‘This is not exactly a no-frills album and quite possibly a good place to start for the novice.’**‘Despite the fact that they get nothing for them, married women's contributions are not exactly cheap.’**‘It was all extremely glamorous, if not exactly a teenager's idea of fun.’**‘No wonder we're not exactly all bouncing with energy and delight at the onset of our Irish winter.’**‘Mysteriously, employers have not exactly been falling over themselves in the rush to endorse this call.’**‘But he is not the only one to find his new hours are not exactly civilised.’**‘Howard said it is not exactly how they imagined having their first child, but they are both very happy with the new arrival.’**‘And unlike France two years ago, Dutch players are not exactly renowned for their unity.’**‘I know he's said I should swing by the studio, but it's not exactly on the beaten path for me.’*

2Not quite but close to being.

*‘not exactly agitated, but disturbed’**‘You're not exactly here and you're not quite there, you're somewhere else in limbo.’**‘While it may not exactly be a war just yet, there is quite clearly rising tension between these two clubs.’**‘Although not exactly a culinary crescendo, this turned out to be the high point of a meal that never really got out of first gear.’**‘They are not exactly outside HR policy but we do not manage them directly.’**‘She looked like some ancient thing, much less than a goddess, but not exactly human either.’**‘But now an airline has introduced a service that, if not exactly door to door, is the next best thing.’**‘There was a loose form of organisation to it all, though not exactly what you would call a well-oiled machine.’**‘Now, he is from a home where money is not exactly flowing, but his mother tries.’**‘I also know that for some things, I deserve, if not exactly an apology, at least an explanation.’**‘The author does not exactly caricature her characters, but she paints them in without much subtlety.’*

**not exactly**

informal

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