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Definition of exact verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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exact

verb
/ɪɡˈzækt/ exact pronunciation American
 
(formal)1 exact something (from someone) to demand and get something from someoneShe was determined to exact a promise from him.2 to make something bad happen to someone exact somethingHe exacted (= took) terrible revenge for their treatment of him. exact something from someoneStress can exact a high price from workers (= can affect them badly). exaction
/ɪɡˈzækʃn/ exaction pronunciation American
noun [countable, uncountable] (formal)