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exactly adv
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" [syn: precisely, just]
2 just as it should be; "`Precisely, my lord,' he said" [syn: precisely, on the nose, on the dot, on the button]
3 in a precise manner; "she always expressed herself precisely" [syn: precisely, incisively] [ant: imprecisely, imprecisely]

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  1. In an exact manner; without approximation; precisely.
    Measure exactly so we can be sure it is right.
    The edge is not exactly straight.



  1. Signifies agreement or recognition.
    So you're saying that we have only three days left? / Yes, exactly!

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