American English

Definition of precise adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1clear and accurate synonym exact precise details/instructions/measurements Can you give a more precise definition of the word? I can be reasonably precise about the time of the incident.
  2. 2[only before noun] used to emphasize that something happens at a particular time or in a particular way We were just talking about her when,at that precise moment, she walked in. Doctors found it hard to establish the precise nature of her illness.
  3. 3taking care to be exact and accurate, especially about small details synonym meticulous a skilled and precise worker small, precise movements
  4. Idioms
    to be (more) precise
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    used to show that you are giving more detailed and accurate information about something you have just mentioned The shelf is about a yard long—well, 35 inches, to be precise.
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