Definition of actual
1a : 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
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.
Origin and Etymology of actual
Middle English actuel, from Late Latin actualis, from Latin actus act
First Known Use: 14th century
ACTUAL Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of actual for Students
: really existing or happening : not false <The movie is based on actual events.>
Legal Definition of actual
: existing in fact or reality — compare constructive
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