- The definition of actual is existing now or real.
Albany is the capital of New York is an example of an actual bit of information.
- existing in reality or in fact; not merely possible, but real; as it really is: the actual cost of the dam
- existing at present or at the time
Origin of actualMiddle English ; from Late Latin actualis, active, practical ; from Classical Latin actus: see act
- a. Existing in reality and not potential, possible, simulated, or false: The actual damages were less than first reported. In the actual test, the mechanism did not work as the computer model predicted. See Synonyms at real1.b. Based on fact: The actual history of the voyage is different from the popular accounts.
- Conforming to the characteristics of a group or type; typical: Is he an actual doctor or a fake?
Origin of actualMiddle English, from Old French, active, from Late Latin āctuālis, from Latin āctus, past participle of agere, to drive, do; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
- Existing in act or reality, not just potentially; really acted or acting; occurring in fact.
- the actual cost of goods; the actual case under discussion
- Factual, real, not just apparent or even false.
- The actual government expenses dramatically exceed the budget.
- (dated) In action at the time being; now existing; current.
- The actual situation of the world economy is worse than anyone expected a year ago
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- Let your holy and pious intention be actual; that is […] by a special prayer or action, […] given to God.
- Used to emphasise a noun or verb, whether something is real or metaphorical.
- In some foreign languages the counterpart of actual means “modern”. This meaning also occurs in English written by non-native speakers, but is nonstandard English.
- The phrase in actual fact is criticised by many as redundant.
- An actual, real one; notably:
- (finance) Something actually received; real receipts, as distinct from estimated ones.
- (military) A radio callsign modifier that specifies the commanding officer of the unit or asset denoted by the remainder of the callsign and not the officer's assistant or other designee.
- "Bravo Six Actual, Snakebite leader" (The person with the callsign "Snakebite leader" requests to speak to the commander of company Bravo and not the radio operator.)