Definition of exactly in English:

exactly

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

adverb

Phrases

not exactly

informal
  • 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.
    Synonyms
    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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