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exactly

[ig-zakt-lee] /ɪgˈzækt li/
adverb
1.
in an exact manner; precisely; accurately.
2.
in every respect; just:
He will do exactly what he wants.
3.
quite so; that's right.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; exact + -ly
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  • There is a fierce rivalry here over who exactly dropped the first burrito into a vat of hot oil and thus invented the chimichanga.
  • It's not clear from your post what exactly you were asked at any point in this process.
  • They do exactly that to others too, only in a more subtle, more veiled way.
  • In all that snow, however, scientists believe the chance that any two flakes are exactly alike is virtually zero.
  • And such knowledge might help solve the long-disputed question of exactly why dogs were the first animal to be domesticated.
  • On the other hand, beans and wienies aren't exactly a cheery prospect, either.
  • exactly why the feds wanted the robotic aircraft dismantled has never been fully explained.
  • The magical sunset light was exactly what we'd aimed for.
  • Not exactly a rosy picture, especially if you're on the outside looking in.
  • But conventional investing is not exactly safe either.
British Dictionary definitions for exactly

exactly

/ɪɡˈzæktlɪ/
adverb
1.
in an exact manner; accurately or precisely
2.
in every respect; just: it is exactly what I want
3.
(ironic) not exactly, not at all; by no means
sentence substitute
4.
just so! precisely!
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Word Origin and History for exactly
adv.

1530s, from exact + -ly (2). Elliptical use for "quite right" not recorded before 1869.

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