Definition of actual
- actual events
- actual and imagined conditions
- actual costs
- This is the actual room in which my grandfather was born.
- caught in the actual commission of a crime
They signed the agreement in the spring, but the actual sale wasn't made until that summer.
You deposit money in a bank account but the actual money is not held there.
The actual cost of the repair was much higher than the estimate.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: real and not merely possible or imagined : existing in fact
: known to be correct or precise : not false or apparent
—used for emphasis
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