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adverb     exactly pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    no more and no less than a particular amount or time

    It’s exactly three o’clock.

    The wood should measure five centimeters exactly.

  2. 2
    in every way, or in every detail

    The house is exactly the same as it was 20 years ago.

    She sounds exactly like her mother.

    1. a.
      used for emphasizing that you are referring to a particular thing and no other

      She was standing exactly where you are now.

  3. 3
    spoken used as a reply for saying that you completely agree with someone

    “If he does that again, he could lose his job.” “Exactly!”

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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