What does actual mean?

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'.

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. 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.

  2. Peter Schey:

    We know zero instances of that, and there’s zero support for that anywhere in the record, if they know ofany such instances, I would think they would bring the actual instances to the attention of the court.

  3. Tony Hawk:

    I never noticed the nuances of how I set up my speed and the actual takeoff, so vividly. So much of what I do is based on feelings, and not necessarily the visuals, i think that the most basic physical things that we do, or that we take for granted, are incredibly compelling in slow motion. Skate tricks aside, … technology has come so far that it’s incredible to see everyday things slowed down.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    A person who looks often happy or glad has either a truly foolish head considered an actual Mad or a highly selfish mind called a real bad amongst the people.

  5. Robert Winfield:

    We believe that this number does not reflect the actual extent of the illness, as students are generally following our advice to self-isolate in their rooms.

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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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