Definitions for actualˈæk tʃu əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ac•tu•alˈæk tʃu əl(adj.)

  1. existing in act, fact, or reality; real:

    an actual case; the actual cost.

  2. existing now; present; current:

    the ship's actual position.

Origin of actual:

1275–1325; < LL āctuālis= L āctu- (s. of āctusact ) +-ālis -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. actual, existent(adj)

    presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible

    "the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different"; "actual and imagined conditions"

  2. actual(adj)

    taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated

    "we saw the actual wedding on television"; "filmed the actual beating"

  3. actual, genuine, literal, real(adj)

    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"

  4. actual, factual(adj)

    existing in act or fact

    "rocks and trees...the actual world"; "actual heroism"; "the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced"

  5. actual(adj)

    being or existing at the present moment

    "the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. actual(adjective)ˈæk tʃu əl

    real or not guessed

    the actual size is a lot bigger; It's the actual painting, not a fake.


  1. actual(Noun)

    An actual, real one; notably:

  2. actual(Adjective)

    Existing in act or reality, not just potentially; really acted or acting; occurring in fact

  3. actual(Adjective)

    Factual, real, not just apparent or even false

    The actual government expenses dramatically excede the budget

  4. actual(Adjective)

    In action at the time being; now existing.

    The actual situation of the world economy is worse then anyone expected a year ago

  5. actual(Adjective)

    Active, not passive

  6. actual(Adjective)

    Used to emphasise a noun or verb, whether something is real or metaphorical.

  7. Origin: actual, actuel, from actuel, actual, from actualis, from actus,, from agere + -alis '-al'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Actual(adj)

    involving or comprising action; active

  2. Actual(adj)

    existing in act or reality; really acted or acting; in fact; real; -- opposed to potential, possible, virtual, speculative, conceivable, theoretical, or nominal; as, the actual cost of goods; the actual case under discussion

  3. Actual(adj)

    in action at the time being; now exiting; present; as the actual situation of the country

  4. Actual(noun)

    something actually received; real, as distinct from estimated, receipts

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'actual' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1737

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'actual' in Written Corpus Frequency: #741

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'actual' in Adjectives Frequency: #179

Anagrams of actual

  1. acault

Translations for actual

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


real; existing; not imaginary

In actual fact he is not as stupid as you think he is.

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