exactly - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    no more and no less than a particular amount or time

    It’s exactly three o’clock.

    The wood should measure five centimetres 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!’