July 14, 2012
exact (verb)
\ig-ZAKT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to demand and get by force or threat
How do you use it?
Robin Hood and his band of merry thieves exacted money from the rich and gave it to the poor.
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One of the words below is a synonym of "exact." We won't try to exact the right answer from you, but if you're willing, tell us which one you think it is.

"Require" is one of several synonyms of "exact." "Demand" and "claim" are two others. All of these words mean "to ask or call for something as due or as necessary." "Demand" often implies the right to make requests that are to be regarded as commands. "Claim" implies a demand for the delivery or granting of something that you deserve. "Require" suggests urgency arising from a personal need, requirements of law or regulation, or circumstances of a situation. "Exact" implies not only demanding, but also getting what you demand.
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