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exactly

[ ig-zakt-lee ]
/ ɪgˈzækt li /
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adverb

in an exact manner; precisely; accurately.
in every respect; just: He will do exactly what he wants.
quite so; that's right.

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Idioms for exactly

    not exactly, Informal.
    1. in no way; not at all: It’s not exactly funny, is it?
    2. not completely so, but nearly so: The burgers are not exactly raw, but they need more cooking.
    3. (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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British Dictionary definitions for exactly

exactly
/ (ɪɡˈzæktlɪ) /

adverb

in an exact manner; accurately or precisely
in every respect; justit is exactly what I want
not exactly ironic not at all; by no means

sentence substitute

just so! precisely!
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