Real meaning

rēəl, rēl
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.

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Not to be taken lightly; serious.

In real trouble.

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(philosophy) Existing objectively in the world regardless of subjectivity or conventions of thought or language.
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Being no less than what is stated; worthy of the name.

A real friend.

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Free of pretense, falsehood, or affectation.

Tourists hoping for a real experience on the guided tour.

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A thing or whole having actual existence. Often used with the:

Theories beyond the realm of the real.

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(law) Of or relating to stationary or fixed property, such as buildings or land.
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Existing or happening as or in fact; actual, true, etc.; not merely seeming, pretended, imagined, fictitious, nominal, or ostensible.
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Anything that actually exists, or reality in general.
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Genuine and authentic; not artificial or spurious.

Real mink; real humility.

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Relating to, being, or having value reckoned by actual purchasing power.

Real income; real growth.

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(physics) Of, relating to, or being an image formed by light rays that converge in space.
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(mathematics) Of, relating to, or being a real number.
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Very.

I'm real sorry about that.

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(mathematics) A real number.
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A silver coin formerly used in Spain and Latin America.
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A unit of currency formerly used in Portugal.
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Designating wages or income as measured by purchasing power.
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(law) Of or relating to permanent, immovable things.

Real property.

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(math.) Designating or of the part of a complex number that is not imaginary: all irrational and rational numbers are real numbers.
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(optics) Of or relating to an image made by the actual meeting of light rays at a point.
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(philos.) Existing objectively.
  • Actual; not merely possible or ideal.
  • Essential, absolute, ultimate; not relative, derivative, etc.
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(informal) Very.
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A former monetary unit and silver coin of Spain and its possessions.
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The basic monetary unit of Brazil.
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The currency unit of Brazil, comprised of 100 centavos.
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Real Madrid, a football club from Madrid.
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(slang) for real
  • Truly so in fact or actuality:
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for real
  • real or really
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of real

  • Spanish royal, real from Latin rēgālis royal from rēx rēg- king reg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old French from Late Latin reālis from Latin rēs thing rē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Portuguese royal, real from Latin rēgālis royal real2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition