What does actual mean?

Definitions for actual
ˈæk tʃu əlac·tu·al

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. actual(Noun)

    An actual, real one; notably:

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

  2. actual(Adjective)

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

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

  3. actual(Adjective)

    Factual, real, not just apparent or even false

    The actual government expenses dramatically excede the budget

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

  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

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

  5. actual(Adjective)

    Active, not passive

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

  6. actual(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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

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

How to pronounce actual?

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How to say actual in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Christer Furustedt:

    If the media reports are correct and they set up complicated structures to hide the actual beneficial owner then that is hardly in line with the rules.

  2. Colorado GOP Chairman Steve House:

    So what's wrong with an election? Nothing if you are actually going to run it with all the precautions and security measures of an actual election.

  3. Zoe Arvanitakis:

    What we wanted to do is look at the actual brain tissue to see whether we saw the underlying changes in the brain that cause stroke or the underlying changes in the brain that cause dementia.

  4. Peter Coker:

    This is built around safety from the start, reliability is the most important element of it. We have safety built into the actual structure itself. Very similar to a Formula One racing car, and finally what we actually have is a new ballistic parachute that is the basis of recognizing the way that we can be as safe as we possibly can. It opens at very low altitude and actually saves both the aircraft and the pilot in an emergency.

  5. Linda Paine:

    There are thousands and thousands of DMV workers across our huge state, they’re not all trained. There’s no actual protection to prevent noncitizens from being added to voter rolls. It’s not even that people who are ineligible want to be registered. They may not know that they have to select ‘Opt out.’.

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Translations for actual

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • فعلي, واقعي, حاضر, حقيقي, راهنArabic
  • реален, актуален, сегашен, действителенBulgarian
  • realCatalan, Valencian
  • skutečnýCzech
  • tatsächlich, konkret, aktuell, gegenwärtigGerman
  • πραγματικόςGreek
  • efectivo, verdadero, existente, real, actualSpanish
  • suoranainen, todellinen, tämänhetkinen, tosiasiallinen, nykyinenFinnish
  • réel, effectifFrench
  • cinnteachScottish Gaelic
  • tényleges, valóságos, jelenlegi, valódi, fennálló, aktuális, igaziHungarian
  • real, actual, ver, effective, existenteInterlingua
  • reale, effettivo, esistenteItalian
  • בפועלHebrew
  • 実際, ‎現実Japanese
  • ფაქტობრივი, ნამდვილი, მიმდინარეGeorgian
  • 실제Korean
  • tinanaMāori
  • feitelijk, actueel, effectief, werkelijk, reëel, echt, eigenlijk, daadwerkelijk, huidigDutch
  • faktisk, virkelig, reellNorwegian
  • właściwy, prawdziwyPolish
  • real, efetivo, atualPortuguese
  • подлинный, действительный, истинный, реальный, текущий, настоящий, нынешний, фактическийRussian
  • befintlig, reell, verklig, aktuell, faktisk, rådandeSwedish
  • thật sự, có thật, hiện thời, thực tế, hiện nay, thật, đúng thời, hiện tạiVietnamese

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