[ ig-zakt-lee ]
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  1. in an exact manner; precisely; accurately.

  2. in every respect; just: He will do exactly what he wants.

  1. quite so; that's right.

Idioms about exactly

  1. not exactly, Informal.

    • in no way; not at all: It’s not exactly funny, is it?

    • not completely so, but nearly so: The burgers are not exactly raw, but they need more cooking.

    • (as an ironic response) no: “Is that the jacket you ordered?” “Not exactly.”

Origin of exactly

First recorded in 1525–35; exact + -ly

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How to use exactly in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for exactly


/ (ɪɡˈzæktlɪ) /

  1. in an exact manner; accurately or precisely

  2. in every respect; just: it is exactly what I want

  1. not exactly ironic not at all; by no means

sentence substitute
  1. just so! precisely!

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