Ex·act, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exacted; p. pr. & vb. n. Exacting.] To demand or require authoritatively or peremptorily, as a right; to enforce the payment of, or a yielding of; to compel to yield or to furnish; hence, to wrest, as a fee or reward when none is due; -- followed by from or of before the one subjected to exaction; as, to exact tribute, fees, obedience, etc., from or of some one.
He said into them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. --Luke. iii. 13.
Years of servise past
From grateful souls exact reward at last --Dryden.
Exact me in another place. --Massinger.
1. Precisely agreeing with a standard, a fact, or the truth; perfectly conforming; neither exceeding nor falling short in any respect; true; correct; precise; as, the clock keeps exact time; he paid the exact debt; an exact copy of a letter; exact accounts.
I took a great pains to make out the exact truth. --Jowett (Thucyd. )
2. Habitually careful to agree with a standard, a rule, or a promise; accurate; methodical; punctual; as, a man exact in observing an appointment; in my doings I was exact. “I see thou art exact of taste.”
3. Precisely or definitely conceived or stated; strict.
An exact command,
Larded with many several sorts of reason. --Shak.
Ex·act, v. i. To practice exaction. [R.]
The anemy shall not exact upon him. --Ps. lxxxix. 22.
adj 1: marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with
fact; "an exact mind"; "an exact copy"; "hit the exact
center of the target" [ant: inexact]
2: (of ideas, images, representations, expressions)
characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ;
strictly correct; "a precise image"; "a precise
measurement" [syn: accurate, precise]
v 1: claim as due or just; "The bank demanded payment of the
loan" [syn: demand]
2: take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of
affairs; "the accident claimed three lives"; "The hard
work took its toll on her" [syn: claim, take]