Definition of precise in English:

precise

Syllabification: pre·cise
Pronunciation: /priˈsīs
 
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adjective

1Marked by exactness and accuracy of expression or detail: precise directions I want as precise a time of death as I can get
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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'.

Phrases

to be precise

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

noun
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  • 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.

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