American English

Definition of precisely adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1exactly They look precisely the same to me. That's precisely what I meant. It's not clear precisely how the accident happened. The meeting starts precisely at 2 o'clock.
  2. 2accurately; carefully to describe something precisely She pronounced the word very slowly and precisely.
  3. 3used to emphasize that something is very true or obvious It's precisely becauseI care about you that I don't like you staying out late. The children are precisely the ones who will suffer if they get divorced.
  4. 4used to emphasize that you agree with a statement, especially because you think it is obvious or is similar to what you have just said “It's not that easy, is it?” “No, precisely.”
  5. Idioms
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    used to show that you are giving more detailed and accurate information about something you have just mentioned The problem is due to discipline, or, more precisely, the lack of discipline, in schools. Language Banki.e.explaining what you mean Some poems are mnemonics (i.e., they are designed to help you remember something). Some poems are mnemonics;that is to say, they are designed to help you remember something. Mnemonic poems –that is, poems designed to help you remember something – are an excellent way to learn lists. A limerick's rhyme scheme is A–A–B–B–A. In other words, the first, second, and fifth lines all rhyme with one another, while the third and fourth lines have their own rhyme. In this exercise, the reader is encouraged to work out the meaning, or rather the range of meanings, of the poem. This is a poem about death, or, more precisely, dying. He says his poems deal with “the big issues,”by which he means love, loss, grief, and death.
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