1 correct in every detail
Synonym - PRECISE:
She gave an exact description of the attacker;
an exact copy/replica of the painting;
We need to know the exact time the inci¬dent occurred; What were his exact words?;
She’s in her mid-thirties—thirty-six to be exact;
The colours were an exact match; He started to phone me at the exact moment I started to phone him (= at the same time);
Her second husband was the exact opposite of her first (= completely different).
right • correct • exact • precise • accurate • spot on
These words all describe something that cannot be doubted as fact and includes no mistakes.
true connected with facts rather than things that have been invented or guessed: Are the following statements, true or false?; Is it true (that) she's leaving?
right that is true and cannot be doubted as a fact: I got about half the answers right; What's the right time?
correct right according to the facts and without any mistakes: Only one of the answers is correct; Check that all the details are correct.
RIGHT OR CORRECT?
Correct is more formal than right and is more likely to be used in official or formal instructions or documents.
exact [usually before noun] giving all the details correctly: She gave an exact description of the attacker.
precise giving all the details clearly and correctly: Please give precise details about your previous experience.
accurate correct in every detail: Accurate records must be kept at all times.
EXACT, PRECISE OR ACCURATE?
Accurate can often be used before a noun in the same way as exact and precise: exact/precise/accurate records. When the words are used after a linking verb, there is a slightly different emphasis, especially in negative statements. A description that is not very exact/precise lacks details; a description that is not very accurate gives details, but the details are wrong. Precise includes the idea of being clear and certain as well as correct and can be used to talk about people in the phrase be precise about something. Exact is not usually used in this way.
spot on [not before noun] (British English informal) exactly right: His guess was spot on.
PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS
• right/correct/precise/accurate/spot on about somebody/something
• a(n) true/correct/exact/precise/accurate description/ account
• a(n) true/right/correct/exact/precise/accurate answer
• the right/correct/exact/precise time
• absolutely true/right/correct/exact/precise/accurate/spot on
• not quite true/right/correct/exact/precise/accurate
• It would be true/accurate to say that...
• ..., to be exact/precise.