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ex·act·ly

 (ĭg-zăkt′lē)
adv.
1. In an exact manner; accurately.
2. In all respects; just: Do exactly as you please.
3. As you say. Used to indicate agreement.

exactly

(ɪɡˈzæktlɪ)
adv
1. in an exact manner; accurately or precisely
2. in every respect; just: it is exactly what I want.
3. not exactly ironic not at all; by no means
sentence substitute
just so! precisely!

ex•act•ly

(ɪgˈzækt li)

adv.
1. precisely; accurately.
2. in every respect; just: He will do exactly what he wants.
3. quite so.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.exactly - 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"
2.exactly - just as it should be; "`Precisely, my lord,' he said"
3.exactly - in a precise manner; "she always expressed herself precisely"
imprecisely, inexactly - in an imprecise manner; "he expressed himself imprecisely"

exactly

adverb
2. precisely, just, expressly, prompt (informal), specifically, bang on (informal), to the letter, on the button (informal) He arrived at exactly five o'clock.
interjection
1. precisely, yes, quite, of course, certainly, indeed, truly, that's right, absolutely, spot-on (Brit. informal), just so, quite so, ya (S. African), as you say, you got it (informal), assuredly, yebo (S. African informal) `We don't know the answer to that.' - 'Exactly. So shut up and stop speculating.'
not exactly (Ironical) not at all, hardly, not really, not quite, certainly not, by no means, in no way, not by any means, in no manner Sailing is not exactly a cheap hobby.

exactly

adverb
1. In an exact manner:
2. With precision or absolute conformity:
Slang: smack-dab.
Translations
أوافِق تمامابالضَّبْطبالضَّبْط، تَماماتـَمَاماً
точно
přesně
helt enigligenøjagtigpræcispræcist
täsmälleen
preciznotočno
einmitt, hárréttnákvæmlega
正確に
정확히
natančnotočno
exakt
อย่างถูกต้อง
tamtam olaraktam tamınaçok doğrukesinlikle
точно
một cách chính xác

exactly

[ɪgˈzæktlɪ] ADV [know, resemble] → exactamente; [calculate, measure, describe] → exactamente, con precisión
at exactly five o'clocka las cinco en punto
what did you tell him exactly?; what exactly did you tell him?¿qué le dijiste exactamente?
that's exactly what I was thinkingeso es exactamente lo que yo estaba pensando
he's exactly like his fatheres exactamente igual que su padre, es clavado a su padre
nobody knows who exactly will be in chargenadie sabe con exactitud quién será el encargado
I wanted to get everything exactly rightquería hacerlo todo a la perfección
"do you mean that we are stuck here?" - "exactly!"-¿quieres decir que no nos podemos mover de aquí? -¡exacto! or -¡efectivamente!
he wasn't exactly pleased (iro) → no estaba precisamente contentono estaba muy contento, que digamos
it's not exactly interesting (iro) → no es lo que se dice interesante
"is she sick?" - "not exactly"-¿está enferma? -no exactamente

exactly

[ɪgˈzæktli] advexactement
exactly the same → exactement le même
not exactly → pas exactement
It's exactly 10 o'clock → Il est dix heures précises.
at 5 o'clock exactly → à cinq heures précises
exactly! → parfaitement!, précisément!
not exactly → pas vraiment
He's not exactly rich
BUT Il est loin d'être riche.

exactly

advgenau; I wanted to know exactly where my mother was buriedich wollte genau wissen, wo meine Mutter begraben war; that’s exactly what I was thinkinggenau das habe ich auch gedacht; at exactly five o’clockum Punkt fünf Uhr; at exactly 9.43 a.m./the right timegenau um 9.43 Uhr/zur richtigen Zeit; I want to get things exactly rightich will es ganz richtig machen; who exactly will be in charge?wer wird eigentlich die Verantwortung haben?; that’s not exactly what I meandas ist nicht genau das, was ich meine; exactly the samegenau der/die/das Gleiche; you mean we are stuck? — exactlywir sitzen also fest? — stimmt genau; is she sick? — not exactlyist sie krank? — eigentlich nicht; not exactly (iro: = hardly) → nicht gerade; his father was not exactly poor/pleasedsein Vater war nicht gerade arm/erfreut; it’s not exactly a comedyes ist nicht gerade eine Komödie

exactly

[ɪgˈzæktlɪ] adv (describe, know, resemble) → esattamente; (of time) → in punto
exactly! → esatto!
that's exactly what I thought → è proprio quello che pensavo
it's exactly 5 o'clock → sono le 5 in punto

exact

(igˈzӕkt) adjective
1. absolutely accurate or correct in every detail; the same in every detail; precise. What are the exact measurements of the room?; For this recipe the quantities must be absolutely exact; an exact copy; What is the exact time?; He walked in at that exact moment.
2. (of a person, his mind etc) capable of being accurate over small details. Accountants have to be very exact.
verb
to force the payment of or giving of. We should exact fines from everyone who drops litter on the streets.
exˈacting adjective
requiring much effort or work from a person. a very exacting job.
exˈactly adverb
1. just; quite; absolutely. He's exactly the right man for the job.
2. in accurate detail; precisely. Work out the prices exactly; What exactly did you say?
3. used as a reply meaning `I quite agree'.
exˈactness noun

exactly

تـَمَاماً přesně præcist genau ακριβώς exactamente täsmälleen exactement precizno esattamente 正確に 정확히 precies akkurat dokładnie exatamente точно exakt อย่างถูกต้อง tam olarak một cách chính xác 严密地
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Of course I'll go over to Paris if you think I can do any good, but you must tell me exactly what you want me to do.
Princess Yusupova wore one exactly like this," said Berg, pointing to the fichu with a happy and kindly smile.
Yet is it possible, my friend, that thou mayest have seen all these without being able to form an exact idea of Sophia; for she did not exactly resemble any of them.
When I devised this story, I foresaw the likelihood that a class of readers and commentators would suppose that I was at great pains to conceal exactly what I was at great pains to suggest: namely, that Mr John Harmon was not slain, and that Mr John Rokesmith was he.
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Dear father, I wish for eleven girls exactly like myself in face, figure, and size.
We could not exactly pitch stumps, for they are forbidden in the Gardens, but there are trees here and there which have chalk-marks on them throughout the summer, and when you take up your position with a bat near one of these you have really pitched stumps.
Miss Jessel stood before us on the opposite bank exactly as she had stood the other time, and I remember, strangely, as the first feeling now produced in me, my thrill of joy at having brought on a proof.
Now, from this peculiar sideway position of the whale's eyes, it is plain that he can never see an object which is exactly ahead, no more than he can one exactly astern.
It was exactly like you to light a pipe and sit down to wait for the sun to rise in the west.