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[ig-zakt-lee]
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adverb
  1. in an exact manner; precisely; accurately.
  2. in every respect; just: He will do exactly what he wants.
  3. quite so; that's right.

Origin of exactly

First recorded in 1525–35; exact + -ly
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  • She certainly knew he was liable to go at any time, in exactly the way he did go.

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  • Exactly in the measure that he indulged this would his pride smart.

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  • Exactly; and there ain't really any reason why you can't be somebody here.

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  • Exactly, you can give half of 'em cards and spades and both casinos, Mrs. Wybert.

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  • It's funny—that's exactly what I told Aunt Cornelia about that—that man.

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British Dictionary definitions for exactly

exactly

adverb
  1. in an exact manner; accurately or precisely
  2. in every respect; justit is exactly what I want
  3. not exactly ironic not at all; by no means
sentence substitute
  1. just so! precisely!
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for exactly

adv.

1530s, from exact + -ly (2). Elliptical use for "quite right" not recorded before 1869.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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