Definition of exact verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    exact

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzækt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exact
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzækt//
     
    he / she / it exacts
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzækts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzækts//
     
    past simple exacted
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzæktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzæktɪd//
     
    past participle exacted
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzæktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzæktɪd//
     
    -ing form exacting
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzæktɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzæktɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1exact something (from somebody) to demand and get something from somebody She was determined to exact a promise from him. No doubt they will exact payment in due course.
  2. 2to make something bad happen to somebody exact something He exacted (= took) a terrible revenge for their treatment of him. exact something from somebody Stress can exact a high price from workers (= can affect them badly).
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): from Latin exact- ‘completed, ascertained, enforced’, from the verb exigere, from ex- ‘thoroughly’ + agere ‘perform’. The adjective dates from the mid 16th cent. and reflects the Latin exactus ‘precise’.
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