Real definition

rēəl, rēl
Free of pretense, falsehood, or affectation.

Tourists hoping for a real experience on the guided tour.

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Not to be taken lightly; serious.

In real trouble.

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Genuine and authentic; not artificial or spurious.

Real mink; real humility.

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Being no less than what is stated; worthy of the name.

A real friend.

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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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(mathematics) Of, relating to, or being a real number.
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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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Very.

I'm real sorry about that.

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Designating wages or income as measured by purchasing power.
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The basic monetary unit of Brazil.
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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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(philosophy) Existing objectively in the world regardless of subjectivity or conventions of thought or language.
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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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(law) Of or relating to stationary or fixed property, such as buildings or land.
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Being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verifiable existence.

Real objects; a real illness.

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True and actual; not imaginary, alleged, or ideal.

Real people, not ghosts; a film based on real life.

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Of or founded on practical matters and concerns.

A recent graduate experiencing the real world for the first time.

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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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Authentic; genuine.
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Not pretended; sincere.
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(informal) Very.
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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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The currency unit of Brazil, comprised of 100 centavos.
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Real Madrid, a football club from Madrid.
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(mathematics) A real number.
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A former monetary unit and silver coin of Spain and its possessions.
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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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
real
Plural:
reais, reals

Adjective

Base Form:
real
Comparative:
realer
Superlative:
realest

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