exactly

[ ig-zakt-lee ]
/ ɪgˈzækt li /

adverb

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

Nearby words

  1. exact science,
  2. exacta,
  3. exacting,
  4. exaction,
  5. exactitude,
  6. exactness,
  7. exacum,
  8. exaggerate,
  9. exaggerated,
  10. exaggeration

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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Word Origin and History for exactly

exactly

adv.

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

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