- 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.
- 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). Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): from Latin exact-
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//