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.
Ex·act·ing, a. Oppressive or unreasonably severe in making demands or requiring the exact fulfillment of obligations; harsh; severe. “A temper so exacting.” --T. Arnold -- Ex*act*ing*ly, adv. -- Ex*act*ing*ness, n.
adj 1: having complicated nutritional requirements; especially
growing only in special artificial cultures;
"fastidious microorganisms"; "certain highly
specialized xerophytes are extremely exacting in their
requirements" [syn: fastidious] [ant: unfastidious]
2: severe and unremitting in making demands; "an exacting
instructor"; "a stern disciplinarian"; "strict standards"
[syn: stern, strict]
3: requiring precise accuracy; "an exacting job"; "became more
exigent over his pronunciation" [syn: exigent]