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[ɪgˈzæk(t)li]
adv
1) no more and no less than a particular amount or time
Syn:
precisely
It's exactly three o'clock.[/ex]
The wood should measure five centimetres exactly.[/ex]
2) in every way, or in every detail
Syn:
just
She sounds exactly like her mother.[/ex]
The house is exactly the same as it was 20 years ago.[/ex]
3) used for emphasizing that you are referring to one particular thing and no other
Syn:
just
She was standing exactly where you are now.[/ex]
4) spoken
used as a reply for saying that you completely agree with someone
‘If he does that again, he could lose his job.' ‘Exactly!'[/ex]
not exactlyspoken 1) often humorousused for emphasizing that someone or something does not have a particular quality[/ex]
She's not exactly the world's greatest singer.[/ex]

— 2) used for saying that something that someone says is not completely right

'You're leaving, aren't you?' 'Not exactly, I'm just going on holiday.'[/ex]
what/where/when etc exactly — used for asking someone for more details about something[/ex]
What exactly did he say?[/ex]

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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