- The definition of real is something that is true and authentic or something is very important or significant.
- An example of real is an actual designer purse as opposed to a fake.
- An example of real is a serious problem.
- existing or happening as or in fact; actual, true, etc.; not merely seeming, pretended, imagined, fictitious, nominal, or ostensible
- authentic; genuine
- not pretended; sincere
- designating wages or income as measured by purchasing power
- Law of or relating to permanent, immovable things: real property
- Math. designating or of the part of a complex number that is not imaginary: all irrational and rational numbers are real numbers
- Optics of or relating to an image made by the actual meeting of light rays at a point
- Philos. existing objectively; actual (not merely possible or ideal), or essential, absolute, ultimate (not relative, derivative, etc.)
Origin of realOld French ; from Medieval Latin realis ; from Classical Latin res, thing ; from Indo-European base an unverified form rei-, property, thing from source Sanskrit rai, wealth, property
- a. Being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verifiable existence: real objects; a real illness.b. True and actual; not imaginary, alleged, or ideal: real people, not ghosts; a film based on real life.c. Of or founded on practical matters and concerns: a recent graduate experiencing the real world for the first time.
- Genuine and authentic; not artificial or spurious: real mink; real humility.
- Being no less than what is stated; worthy of the name: a real friend.
- Free of pretense, falsehood, or affectation: tourists hoping for a real experience on the guided tour.
- Not to be taken lightly; serious: in real trouble.
- Philosophy Existing objectively in the world regardless of subjectivity or conventions of thought or language.
- Relating to, being, or having value reckoned by actual purchasing power: real income; real growth.
- Physics Of, relating to, or being an image formed by light rays that converge in space.
- Mathematics Of, relating to, or being a real number.
- Law Of or relating to stationary or fixed property, such as buildings or land.
- A thing or whole having actual existence. Often used with the: theories beyond the realm of the real.
- Mathematics A real number.
Origin of realMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin reālis, from Latin rēs, thing; see rē- in Indo-European roots.
nounpl. re·als or re·al·es
Origin of realSpanish, royal, real, from Latin rēgālis, royal, from rēx, rēg-, king; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative realer or more real, superlative realest or most real)
- Actually being or existing; not fictitious or imaginary.
- a description of real life
- That can be characterized as a confirmation of truth.
- That has physical existence.
- No one has ever seen a real unicorn.
- (economics) Having been adjusted to remove the effects of inflation; contrasted with nominal.
- My dad calculated my family's real consumption per month.
- What is the real GNP of this polity?
- (economics) Relating to the result of the actions of rational agents; relating to neoclassical economic models as opposed to Keynesian models.
- (mathematics, of a number) Being either a rational number, or the limit of a convergent infinite sequence of rational numbers: being one of a set of numbers with a one-to-one correspondence to the points on a line.
- (law) Relating to immovable tangible property.
- That is an exemplary or pungent instance of a class or type.
- This is a real problem.
- Some say he is a real hero.
- Genuine, not faked or substituted.
- These are real tears!
- Adopted at birth, I didn't meet my real father until I was 18.
- Genuine, not artificial.
- This is real leather.
- (slang) Signifying meritorious qualities or actions especially in regards to enjoying life, prowess at sports and success wooing potential partners.
- I'm keeping it real.
- (that can be characterized as a confirmation of truth): imaginary, unreal
- (that has physical existence): fictitious, imaginary, made-up, pretend (informal)
- (relating to numbers with a one-to-one correspondence to the points on a line): imaginary
- (genuine, not faked): feigned, sham, staged
- (genuine, not artificial): artificial, counterfeit, fake, sham
- (US, colloquial) really.
- Former unit of currency of Spain and Spain's colonies.
- A coin worth one real.
(plural reis or réis or reals)
(plural reais or reals)
real - Investment & Finance Definition
The currency unit of Brazil, comprised of 100 centavos.
Variant of reis