verb (used with object)

to call for, demand, or require: to exact respect from one's children.
to force or compel the payment, yielding, or performance of: to exact money; to exact tribute from a conquered people.

Nearby words

  1. ex. doc.,
  2. exa-,
  3. exabyte,
  4. exacerbate,
  5. exacerbation,
  6. exact differential,
  7. exact science,
  8. exacta,
  9. exacting,
  10. exaction

Origin of exact

1400–50; late Middle English exacten (v.) < Latin exāctus (past participle of exigere drive out, thrust out), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + ag(ere) to drive + -tus past participle suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for exact



correct in every detail; strictly accuratean exact copy
precise, as opposed to approximate; neither more nor lessthe exact sum
(prenominal) specific; particularthis exact spot
operating with very great precisionexact instruments
allowing no deviation from a standard; rigorous; strictan exact mind
based mainly on measurement and the formulation of laws, as opposed to description and classificationphysics is an exact science

verb (tr)

to force or compel (payment or performance); extortto exact tribute
to demand as a right; insist uponto exact respect from one's employees
to call for or requirethis work exacts careful effort
Derived Formsexactable, adjectiveexactness, nounexactor or exacter, noun

Word Origin for exact

C16: from Latin exactus driven out, from exigere to drive forth, from agere to drive

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Word Origin and History for exact
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