[ ig-zak-ting ]
/ ɪgˈzæk tɪŋ /


rigid or severe in demands or requirements: an exacting teacher.
requiring close application or attention: an exacting task.
given to or characterized by exaction; extortionate.

Origin of exacting

First recorded in 1575–85; exact + -ing2
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Definition for exacting (2 of 2)


[ ig-zakt ]
/ ɪgˈzækt /


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.

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 exacting (1 of 2)


/ (ɪɡˈzæktɪŋ) /


making rigorous or excessive demandsan exacting job
Derived Formsexactingly, adverbexactingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for exacting (2 of 2)


/ (ɪɡˈzækt) /


verb (tr)

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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