Exactly vs Compete - What's the difference?

exactly | compete |

As an adverb exactly

is (manner) without approximation; precisely.

As an interjection exactly

is (signifies agreement or recognition).

As a verb compete is





(en adverb)
  • (manner) without approximation; precisely.
  • Measure exactly so we can be sure it is right.
    The edge is not exactly straight.
  • (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.


    * approximately


    (en interjection)
  • (Signifies agreement or recognition)
  • So you're saying that we have only three days left? / Yes, exactly !



    (Webster 1913)


  • To contend emulously; to seek or strive for the same thing, position, or reward for which another is striving; to contend in rivalry, as for a prize or in business; as, tradesmen compete with one another.
  • Usage notes

    A person will compete for'' a prize received for winning a competition. Two or more persons ''compete against'' one another if they are rivals. Two or more persons can ''compete with'' each other as teammates, however ''compete with'' is also used to indicate two persons ''competing against each other.

    Derived terms

    * competitor * competition * noncompete