Exact Ex*act", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exacted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exacting}.] [From L. exactus, p. p. of exigere; or fr. LL. exactare: cf. OF. exacter. See {Exact}, a.] To demand or require authoritatively or peremptorily, as a right; to enforce the payment of, or a yielding of; to compel to yield or to furnish; hence, to wrest, as a fee or reward when none is due; -- followed by from or of before the one subjected to exaction; as, to exact tribute, fees, obedience, etc., from or of some one. [1913 Webster]

He said into them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. --Luke. iii. 13. [1913 Webster]

Years of servise past From grateful souls exact reward at last --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

My designs Exact me in another place. --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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