precisely

[[t]prɪsa͟ɪsli[/t]]
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1) ADV-GRADED: ADV with v, ADV with cl/group Precisely means accurately and exactly.

Nobody knows precisely how many people are still living in the camp...

The meeting began at precisely 4.00 p.m...

Breakfast television arrived in British life precisely a decade ago.

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2) ADV-GRADED: ADV with cl/group (emphasis) You can use precisely to emphasize that a reason or fact is the only important one there is, or that it is obvious.

Children come to zoos precisely to see captive animals...

That is precisely the result the system is designed to produce.

3) ADV as reply (emphasis) You can say `precisely' to confirm in an emphatic way that what someone has just said is true.

`So, you're trying to put trained, responsible people in every place where you think they might be able to help?' - `Precisely.'

Syn:

English dictionary. 2008.

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