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Excel CEILING.PRECISE function

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2019-07-09

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The CEILING.PRECISE function returns a number that is rounded up to the nearest integer or to the nearest multiple of specified significance. Differing with CEILING and CEILING.MATH functions, the CEILING.PRECISE function ignores the sign of the given number, and returns a number which is always rounded up.

Syntax and arguments

Formula syntax

=CEILING.PRECISE(number, [significance])


  • Number: Required. The number value you want to round.
  • Significance: Optional. The multiple of significance which you use to round the number to. If this argument is omitted, the number is rounded up to the nearest multiple of 1.

Return Value

The CEILING.PRECISE function rounds number up to nearest integer or nearest multiple.


1. The result of number is always rounded up whatever the given number is positive or negative.

2. If the significance or number is zero, zero will be returned.

3. Positive number is rounded away from zero, but negative number is rounded toward zero.

4. The sign of the [significance] argument is ignored, the results are same for both positive and negative [significance] argument. I.e. =CEILING.PRECISE(2,3) returns 3, and =CEILING.PRECISE(2,-3) also returns 3.

5. If the (number) argument is negative, and the [significance] argument is smaller than the (number) argument, it returns 0. I.e.=CEILING.PRECISE(-3,-4) returns 0, but =CEILING.PRECISE(-3,-2) returns -2.

Usage and Examples

Example 1 – Work for positive number

Number Significance Description Formula Result
2.1   Round 2.1 up to nearest multiple of 1 =CEILING.PRECISE(2.1) 3
3.3 3 Round 3.3 up to nearest multiple of 3 =CEILING.PRECISE(3.3,3) 6
4 -5 Round 4 up to nearest multiple of -5 =CEILING.PRECISE(4,-5) 5
2 -0.3 Round 2 up to nearest multiple of -0.3 =CEILING.PRECISE(2,-0.3) 2.1

Example 2 – Work for negative number

Number Significance Description Formula Result
-2.1   Round -2.1 up to nearest multiple of 1 =CEILING.PRECISE(-2.1) -2
-3.3 3 Round -3.3 up to nearest multiple of 3 =CEILING.PRECISE(-3.3,3) =-3
-4 -2 Round -4 up to nearest multiple of -2 =CEILING.PRECISE(-4,-2) -4
-2 -0.3 Round -2 up to nearest multiple of -0.3 =CEILING.PRECISE(-2,-0.3) -1.8

Download Sample File

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Relative Functions:

  • Excel CEILING Function
    The CEILING function returns a number rounded up to a nearest multiple of significance. For example, =CEILING(10.12,0.2) returns 10.2, it round 10.12 to nearest multiple of 0.2.

  • Excel CEILING.MATH Function
    The CEILING.MATH function returns a number rounded up to a nearest multiple of significance, and the Mode argument decide round the negative number far away or toward to zero. For example, =CEILING.MATH(10.12,0.2) returns 10.2, =CEILING.MATH(-10.12,0.2,0) returns -10, but the =CEILING.MATH(-10.12,0.2,1) returns -10.2.

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