[ UK /ɛɡzˈæktli/ ]
[ US /ɪɡˈzæktɫi/ ]
  1. indicating exactness or preciseness
    he was doing precisely (or exactly) what she had told him to do
    it has just enough salt
    it was just as he said--the jewel was gone
    Properly speaking, all true work is religion.
  2. in a precise manner
    she always expressed herself precisely
  3. just as it should be
    `Precisely, my lord,' he said
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How To Use exactly In A Sentence

  • Who is willing to believe that Alexandria is exactly 5000 stadia from Syene, whatever the value of the stadium?
  • If there was any hope of holding on to even a shred of her dwindling self-respect, she should do exactly what she knew Margo would do—close the laptop, take her de-scrunchied, perfumed, and nearly thonged self down to the nearest club, pick up the first passably good-looking stranger who asked her to dance, and bring him back to the apartment for some safe but anonymous sex. Goodnight Tweetheart
  • And that is exactly why I say "intelligence" in the context of ID is a dormitive principle: Bunny and a Book
  • This is exactly the kind of nitwittery that mikey is addicted to. BuzzFlash.net: published
  • They need to pinpoint exactly what skills are necessary.
  • The bowed zither may seem strange, but is exactly what it appears to be - a violin for zitherists.
  • A lot of us are curious to know exactly what the navy has been told to do.
  • The "fruitily perfumed pineapple weed" that came to Britain from Oregon in the late 19th century and then began to spread throughout the countryside, Mr. Mabey says, "exactly tracked the adoption of the treaded motor tyre, to which its ribbed seeds clung" as if the treads were the soles of climbing boots. Stow the Mower, Stop Pulling
  • Investigations are not yet complete who exactly set the coach on fire.
  • In these two cases, the UK is exactly equidistant from the tolerance of France and the censoriousness of the US.
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