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Definitions for actual
ˈæk tʃu əlac·tu·al

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word actual.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. actual, existentadjective

    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. actualadjective

    taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated

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

  3. actual, genuine, literal, realadjective

    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, factualadjective

    existing in act or fact

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

  5. actualadjective

    being or existing at the present moment

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


  1. actualnoun

    An actual, real one; notably:

  2. actualadjective

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

  3. actualadjective

    Factual, real, not just apparent or even false

    The actual government expenses dramatically excede the budget

  4. actualadjective

    In action at the time being; now existing.

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

  5. actualadjective

    Active, not passive

  6. actualadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Actualadjective

    Etymology: actuel, Fr.

    In this slumbry agitation, besides her walking and other actual performances, what, at any time, have you heard her say? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Sin, there in pow’r before
    Once actual; not in body, and to dwell
    Habitual habitant. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 587.

    For he that but conceives a crime in thought,
    Contracts the danger of an actual fault:
    Then what must he expect, that still proceeds
    To finish sin, and work up thoughts to deeds? John Dryden, Juvenal, Sat. xiii.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Actualadjective

    involving or comprising action; active

  2. Actualadjective

    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. Actualadjective

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

  4. Actualnoun

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Actual

    akt′ū-al, adj. real: existing in fact and now, as opp. to an imaginary or past state of things.—v.t. Act′ualise, to make actual: to realise in action.—n. Actual′ity.—adv. Act′ually.

Editors Contribution

  1. actual

    Factual and real.

    The truth is always actual and honest.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 18, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of actual in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of actual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of actual in a Sentence

  1. United States:

    Even people who are reasonably progressive in their beliefs and politics have become quite radical [ in their opposition to ] this thing, which really, really worries me, not least to the actual risk of queer people existing in public, but in the United States, we've seen it tied into a much broader attempt to rollback LGBT rights.

  2. Jeffery Nance:

    If there is actual or apparent UCI ... then it either exists or doesn’t exist with him, so (defense attorneys) ought to be able to talk with him and ask him some pointed questions.

  3. Marya Mannes, The Quotable Woman...on Love & Relationships:

    All great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction.

  4. Patrick Shanahan:

    Patrick Shanahan has at all times remained committed to upholding Patrick Shanahan ethics agreement filed with the DoD. This agreement ensures any matters pertaining to Boeing are handled by appropriate officials within the Pentagon to eliminate any perceived or actual conflict of interest issue with Boeing.

  5. Govert Charles Wilhelmus Jacob Sweep:

    We didn't have any intention to storm it because we leave on day before the actual storming dates, and we just wanted... to go there.

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Translations for actual

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • حقيقي, فعلي, واقعي, حاضر, راهنArabic
  • реален, актуален, сегашен, действителенBulgarian
  • realCatalan, Valencian
  • skutečnýCzech
  • tatsächlich, konkret, aktuell, gegenwärtigGerman
  • πραγματικόςGreek
  • efectivo, actual, verdadero, existente, realSpanish
  • tämänhetkinen, todellinen, tosiasiallinen, nykyinen, suoranainenFinnish
  • effectif, réelFrench
  • cinnteachScottish Gaelic
  • fennálló, valóságos, aktuális, tényleges, igazi, jelenlegi, valódiHungarian
  • real, ver, actual, effective, existenteInterlingua
  • reale, esistente, effettivoItalian
  • בפועלHebrew
  • 実際, ‎現実Japanese
  • მიმდინარე, ნამდვილი, ფაქტობრივიGeorgian
  • 실제Korean
  • tinanaMāori
  • eigenlijk, echt, effectief, daadwerkelijk, werkelijk, huidig, actueel, reëel, feitelijkDutch
  • virkelig, faktisk, reellNorwegian
  • prawdziwy, właściwyPolish
  • efetivo, real, atualPortuguese
  • подлинный, фактический, настоящий, действительный, текущий, истинный, нынешний, реальныйRussian
  • befintlig, faktisk, aktuell, reell, rådande, verkligSwedish
  • اصلUrdu
  • thực tế, có thật, hiện thời, đúng thời, hiện tại, thật sự, hiện nay, thậtVietnamese

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