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precise

Syllabification: pre·cise
Pronunciation: /prəˈsīs
 
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Definition of precise in English:

adjective

1Marked by exactness and accuracy of expression or detail: precise directions I want as precise a time of death as I can get
More example sentences
  • It also requires that any interference with freedom of expression must be precise enough that it can be understood.
  • His direction is lean and precise, but allows his characters and scenes to expand.
  • Although it may seem obvious what rock is, formulating a precise definition is not straightforward.
Synonyms
1.1(Of a person) exact, accurate, and careful about details: the director was precise with his camera positions
More example sentences
  • She was precise, logical, the possessor of the uncluttered desk and uncluttered mind.
  • Christopher is a slender and precise man in a collarless shirt and very pressed trousers.
  • He was so precise about it too, almost like a surgeon would be when dealing with a patient.
Synonyms
1.2 [attributive] Used to emphasize that one is referring to an exact and particular thing: at that precise moment the car stopped
More example sentences
  • I think it would be helpful if I very briefly refer to the precise finding of that employment tribunal.
  • No precise moment can be specified; like much else in medicine it will be a matter of judgment.
  • If I chose that way and was extremely unlucky, it might crash down at that precise moment, killing me inconveniently.
Synonyms
exact, particular, very, specific

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French prescis, from Latin praecis- 'cut short', from the verb praecidere, from prae 'in advance' + caedere 'to cut'.

More
  • decide from (Late Middle English):

    Decide was ‘bring to a settlement’ in early uses. It comes from Latin decidere ‘determine’, from de-meaning ‘off’ and caedere ‘to cut’. Caedere is also found in concise (late 16th century) literally ‘cut up’; excise (late 16th century) ‘cut out’; precise (Late Middle English) ‘cut in advance or short’; scissors, and suicide (mid 17th century) ‘cut or kill yourself’.

Phrases

to be precise

1
Used to indicate that one is now giving more exact or detailed information: there were not many—five, to be precise
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  • Mine took more persuasion, or rather frantic hacking to be precise.
  • Hannah Honner has a lot of sisters at home, five to be precise and just one brother called William.
  • Only we're in Sussex, a few miles west of Guildford, to be precise, which sounds rather less romantic than rural France.

Derivatives

preciseness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • When this assumption is relaxed, there is less preciseness but more realism.
  • The preciseness of the prediction has fascinated historians.
  • I have never really stated with any degree of preciseness just what I do and what I do not believe.

Words that rhyme with precise

advice, bice, Brice, choc ice, concise, dice, entice, gneiss, ice, imprecise, lice, mice, nice, price, rice, sice, slice, speiss, spice, splice, suffice, syce, thrice, top-slice, trice, twice, underprice, vice, Zeiss

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