Definition of exactly in English:


Line breaks: exact¦ly
Pronunciation: /ɪgˈzak(t)li
, ɛg-/



not exactly

  • 1Not at all: that too was not exactly convincing
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    • It is not exactly a new concept, but buyers have to be convinced that it is indeed gold.
    • I have quite a collection of it, and though it's not exactly an investment collection, I love it.
    • Being February, it's not exactly mobbed, but the weather is holding up quite well.
    by no means, not by any means, not, not at all, in no way, certainly not; not really
  • 2Not quite but close to being: not exactly agitated, but disturbed
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    • You're not exactly here and you're not quite there, you're somewhere else in limbo.
    • While it may not exactly be a war just yet, there is quite clearly rising tension between these two clubs.
    • Although not exactly a culinary crescendo, this turned out to be the high point of a meal that never really got out of first gear.

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