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exactly

[ig-zakt-lee] /ɪgˈzækt li/
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
1525-1535
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

/ɪɡˈzæktlɪ/
adverb
1.
in an exact manner; accurately or precisely
2.
in every respect; just: it is exactly what I want
3.
(ironic) not exactly, not at all; by no means
sentence substitute
4.
just so! precisely!
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Word Origin and History for exactly
adv.

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

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