actual

adjective ac·tu·al \ ˈak-ch(ə-w)əl , -sh(ə-w)əl ; -chü-əl , -shü- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of actual

1 a : existing in fact or reality
  • actual events
  • actual and imagined conditions
b : not false or apparent
  • actual costs
c used for emphasis
  • This is the actual room in which my grandfather was born.
2 : existing or occurring at the time
  • caught in the actual commission of a crime
3 obsolete : active

Examples of actual in a Sentence

  1. They signed the agreement in the spring, but the actual sale wasn't made until that summer.

  2. You deposit money in a bank account but the actual money is not held there.

  3. The actual cost of the repair was much higher than the estimate.

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Origin and Etymology of actual

Middle English, "active, existing in fact," borrowed from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French actuel, borrowed from Late Latin āctuālis, from Latin āctus 1act + -ālis 1-al



ACTUAL Defined for English Language Learners

actual

adjective

Definition of actual for English Language Learners

  • : real and not merely possible or imagined : existing in fact

  • : known to be correct or precise : not false or apparent

  • —used for emphasis


ACTUAL Defined for Kids

actual

adjective ac·tu·al \ ˈak-chə-wəl \

Definition of actual for Students

: really existing or happening : not false
  • The movie is based on actual events.

Law Dictionary

actual

adjective ac·tu·al

legal Definition of actual

: existing in fact or reality — compare constructive

actually

adverb


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