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Meaning & Definition of Exactly in English

English

Exactly

/ɪgzæktli/

adverb

1. Indicating exactness or preciseness

  • "He was doing precisely (or exactly) what she had told him to do"
  • "It was just as he said--the jewel was gone"
  • "It has just enough salt"
    synonym:
  • precisely
  • ,
  • exactly
  • ,
  • just

2. Just as it should be

  • "`precisely, my lord,' he said"
    synonym:
  • precisely
  • ,
  • exactly
  • ,
  • on the nose
  • ,
  • on the dot
  • ,
  • on the button

3. In a precise manner

  • "She always expressed herself precisely"
    synonym:
  • precisely
  • ,
  • incisively
  • ,
  • exactly

Examples of using

This system of linear equations has exactly one solution.
It is exactly three o'clock now.
One of the reasons Twitter is popular in Japan is a characteristic of Japanese itself: Japanese uses ideograms which enable it to convey more information in just 140 characters than other languages, not counting Chinese. Incidentally, the Japanese version of this sentence is written with exactly 140 characters. How many characters does it take in other languages?