: existing or occurring in reality : drawn from or drawing on actual events or situations : real-life
a real-world example
… the complex relationship between a word and the real-world thing it labels.Jean Aitchison
Digital objects aren't bound by the same constraints as real-world objects—that is, broadly speaking, the whole point of digital objects—but they're often made to look like real-world objects anyway.Lev Grossman
… combine the rigors of academics with the soothing realities of real-world applications.Ricardo Bilton
The paintings are essentially abstract, but they don't feel abstract. They feature, besides passages of figurative drawing, a real-world aura …Peter Schjeldahl

Examples of real-world in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our team of testers put dozens of sculpting shapewear styles through six weeks of real-world testing and named the Bali Lace ‘N Smooth Firm-Control Body Shaper as the best lace option. Averi Baudler, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 The first level will educate people on how to use and create AI, while the second will measure people’s ability to solve real-world problems with the software. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2024 Looking more closely at the EU’s new climate road map to 2040, around 8 percent of the total 90 percent cut in emissions could be achieved through carbon capture and removal (bringing the real-world reduction target down to 82 percent). Justine Calma, The Verge, 6 Feb. 2024 Wilson was, in this respect, the perfect exemplar of the ivory-tower intellectual and the gray bureaucrat who moves around real-world human beings like so many pieces on a game board, oblivious to the cost. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 6 Feb. 2024 Your real-world results will depend on your typical volume level and codec choice. PCMAG, 5 Feb. 2024 Each location evokes the real-world place but puts a new spin on its geography and appearance, often drawing on historic paintings for design elements. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 The anger fuels engagement, but how this translates to real-world impact is notoriously hard to pin down. Laura Paddison, CNN, 4 Feb. 2024 Suddenly, in this Central Brooklyn bubble, New York parents were confronted with the real-world implications of Mayor Eric Adams’s shelter eviction policy, which forces families to reapply for shelter after 60 days. Jay Root Victor J. Blue, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of real-world was in 1963

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“Real-world.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/real-world. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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