Learner's definition of EXACTLY
[more exactly; most exactly]
— used to stress that something is accurate, complete, or correct
The mansion has exactly 33 rooms.
I know exactly where they went.
The two rooms are exactly the same size.
When exactly are they supposed to arrive? = Exactly when are they supposed to arrive?
— used in speech to say that what someone has said is exactly correct or that you agree with it completely
see also not exactly (below)
“So you think we should take an earlier flight?” “Exactly.” [=yes, that's exactly what I think]
“It's just not worth the trouble.” “Exactly.”
in a correct or precise way
in a way that agrees completely with what is needed
— used in speech as a mild way of saying “no” especially to indicate that what someone has said is not completely correct or true
“He's your boss, isn't he?” “Not exactly.”
“Did everything go the way you planned it?” “Not exactly.”
— used as a humorous or ironic way to say “not”