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Closely vs. Exactly

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Closelyadverb

In a close manner.

‘Finnish and Estonian are closely related languages.’; ‘The borderline between East and West Berlin was very closely guarded.’; ‘The chairs are too closely spaced; could you move them apart?’;

Exactlyadverb

(manner) without approximation; precisely.

‘Measure exactly so we can be sure it is right.’; ‘The edge is not exactly straight.’;

Closelyadverb

(obsolete) secretly; privately

Exactlyadverb

(focus) Used to provide emphasis.

‘It was exactly an Eastern gray squirrel.’; ‘He divided the coins exactly in half.’; ‘He did it that way exactly to prove the point.’; ‘His complaint was exactly that she failed to meet the deadline by four days.’;

Closelyadverb

In a close manner.

Exactlyinterjection

Signifies agreement or recognition.

‘So you're saying that we have only three days left? / Yes, exactly!’;

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Closelyadverb

Secretly; privately.

‘That nought she did but wayle, and often steepeHer dainty couch with tears whichclosely she did weepe.’;

Exactlyadverb

In an exact manner; precisely according to a rule, standard, or fact; accurately; strictly; correctly; nicely.

‘His enemies were pleased, for he had acted exactly as their interests required.’;

Closelyadverb

in a close relation or position in time or space;

‘the onsets were closely timed’; ‘houses set closely together’; ‘was closely involved in monitoring daily progress’;

Exactlyadverb

indicating exactness or preciseness;

‘he was doing precisely (or exactly) what she had told him to do’; ‘it was just as he said--the jewel was gone’; ‘it has just enough salt’;

Closelyadverb

in a close manner;

‘the two phenomena are intimately connected’; ‘the person most nearly concerned’;

Exactlyadverb

just as it should be;

‘`Precisely, my lord,' he said’;

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Closelyadverb

in an attentive manner;

‘he remained close on his guard’;

Exactlyadverb

in a precise manner;

‘she always expressed herself precisely’;

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