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Meaning & Definition of Actual in English

English

Actual

/ækʧəwəl/

adjective

1. Presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible

  • "The predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different"
  • "Actual and imagined conditions"
    synonym:
  • actual
  • ,
  • existent

2. Taking place in reality

  • Not pretended or imitated
  • "We saw the actual wedding on television"
  • "Filmed the actual beating"
    synonym:
  • actual

3. Being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something

  • "Her actual motive"
  • "A literal solitude like a desert"- g.k.chesterton
  • "A genuine dilemma"
    synonym:
  • actual
  • ,
  • genuine
  • ,
  • literal
  • ,
  • real

4. Existing in act or fact

  • "Rocks and trees...the actual world"
  • "Actual heroism"
  • "The actual things that produced the emotion you experienced"
    synonym:
  • actual
  • ,
  • factual

5. Being or existing at the present moment

  • "The ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of key west"
    synonym:
  • actual

Examples of using

Time has come to admit that hard work and hope are no substitute for actual knowledge.
What's the actual cost?
Preventive measures are much more effective than the actual treatment.