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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb exact:


The word exact is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

Exact (to force the payment of; demand and obtain by authority) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the adjective exact

What does exact mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more exact / exacter | most exact / exactest

  1. marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact
  2. (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth; strictly correct

Alternative definition of the adjective exact


  1. Precisely agreeing with a standard, a fact, or the truth; perfectly conforming; neither exceeding nor falling short in any respect.
  2. Habitually careful to agree with a standard, a rule, or a promise; accurate; methodical; punctual
  3. Precisely or definitely conceived or stated; strict.
  4. [algebra, of a sequence of groups connected by homomorphisms] Such that the kernel of one homomorphism is the image of the preceding one.

Definition of the verb exact

What does exact mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: exacted | exacting | exacts

  1. claim as due or just
    • example: The banks exact the check
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Carmen bought a dress | Carmen obtained the spare part
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]Carmen bought a dress from Diana | Carmen obtained the spare part from Diana

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): accept, accrue, accumulate, appropriate, borrow, cadge, collect, grab, inherit, receive, recover, regain, retrieve, seize, select, snatch.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of exact: demand
    • more generic word: claim = ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example
    • more specific terms:
  2. take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs

Alternative definition of the verb exact


  1. [transitive] To demand and enforce the payment or performance of.
  2. [transitive] To make desirable or necessary.
  3. [transitive] To forcibly obtain or produce.


Exact is a TV program creator, theater company.


  1. Exact is a software.
  2. Exact Co. Ltd was a Japanese video game developer that was best known for developing all three of the Jumping Flash! series. The company was founded in 1990 by Hiroyuki Saegusa and Toshimitsu Ōdaira. Exact Co. Ltd was renamed Sugar and Rockets in 1999, until then being merged with SCEI in 2000.

Phrases with Exact

Phrases starting with the word Exact:

  1. Exact Same
  2. Exact Rhyme
  3. Exact sequence

Phrase ending with the word Exact:

  1. Same Exact

Other phrases containing the word Exact:

  1. Long Exact Sequence
  2. Short Exact Sequence
  3. Signing Exact English

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Exact

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Emulsion Technology (1987)

Basic Theory, Measurement, Applications by Daniel Schuster

As a whole, chemists are more interested in knowing the aggregation numbers n even if they are not very accurate, but are not as interested as are physicists in the exact shape of the pair correlation function. Chemists often use micelles for the ...

Google previewA New Medical Dictionary (1890)

by George Milbry Gould

exact. equivalents. of. the. metric. and. comma: weights. and. measures. may. prove. serviceable. LENGTH.

Google previewWörterbuch der Handels-, Finanz- und Rechtssprache / Dictionary of Commerical, Financial and Legal Terms / Dictionnaire des Termes Commerciaux, Financiers et Juridiques (2012)


to give exact (full) details ( particulars) of sth. || préciser qch.; donner des précisions (des détails précis) sur qch. | ~ antworten | to answer accurately || répondre avec précision | eine Bestimmung ...

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Small photo of Burbank, California - exact date unknown - circa 1987 - the late Andy Gibb attending a party and holding a cup of punchSmall photo of Los Angeles, California - exact date unknown - circa 1990: Singer and musical composer Richard Carpenter and wife Mary arriving at a formal celebrity eventSmall photo of Los Angeles, California - exact date unknown - circa 1990: Musicians Michael Bolton and Kenny G posing at a formal celebrity eventSmall photo of Los Angeles, California - exact date unknown - circa 1990: late comedian Harvey Korman from the Carol Burnett Show making a funny face as he arrives at a celebrity eventSmall photo of Los Angeles, California - exact date unknown - circa 1990 - late country singer Buck Owens arriving at a celebrity eventSmall photo of Los Angeles, California - exact date unknown - circa 1990 - Susan Dey and David Cassidy from the Partridge Family attending an award ceremonySmall photo of Los Angeles, California - exact date unknown; circa 1990: actress Heather Locklear signing an autograph before entering limousine with rocker Tommy Lee in the background More...

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Quotes about Exact

Whatever I take, I take too much or too little; I do not take the exact amount. The exact amount is no use to me. (Antonio Porchia)
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Scrabble value of E1X8A1C3T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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