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real

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adjective re·al \ ˈrē(-ə)l \

Definition of real

1 :of or relating to fixed, permanent, or immovable things (such as lands or tenements)
2 a :not artificial, fraudulent, or illusory :genuine
  • real gold
; also :being precisely what the name implies
  • a real professional
b (1) :occurring or existing in actuality
  • saw a real live celebrity
  • a story of real life
(2) :of or relating to practical or everyday concerns or activities
  • left school to live in the real world
(3) :existing as a physical entity and having properties that deviate from an ideal, law, or standard
  • a real gas
— compare ideal 3b
c :having objective independent existence
  • unable to believe that what he saw was real
e (1) :belonging to or having elements or components that belong to the set of real numbers
  • the real roots of an equation
  • a real matrix
(2) :concerned with or containing real numbers
  • real analysis
(3) :real-valued
  • real variable
f :measured by purchasing power
  • real income
  • real dollars
g :complete, utter
  • a real fiasco
3 of a particle :capable of being detected — compare virtual 4

realness

noun
for real
1 :in earnest :seriously
  • fighting for real
2 :genuine
  • couldn't believe the threats were for real
3 :genuinely good or capable of success (as in competition)
  • not yet sure if this team is for real

Examples of real in a Sentence

  1. The movie is based on real events.

  2. The detective Sherlock Holmes is not a real person.

  3. He has no real power; he is just a figurehead.

  4. The battle scenes in the movie seemed very real to me.

  5. The team has a real chance at winning.

  6. There is a very real possibility that we will be moving to Maine.

  7. In real life, relationships are not perfect.

  8. The actor looks taller on TV than he does in real life.

  9. He's always daydreaming and seems to be out of touch with the real world.

  10. What is his real name?

Origin and Etymology of real

Middle English, real, relating to things (in law), from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin & Late Latin; Medieval Latin realis relating to things (in law), from Late Latin, real, from Latin res thing, fact; akin to Sanskrit rayi property


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real

noun

Definition of real

:a real thing; especially :a mathematically real quantity

First Known Use of real

circa 1626


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real

adverb

Definition of real

chiefly US, informal
:very, really used as an intensifier
  • It was a good furnace all last winter, they didn't have a single problem with it: it ran real quiet …
  • —Garrison Keillor
  • … the magazine isn't real sure who its readers are …
  • —Tom Carson

Examples of real in a Sentence

  1. We had a real good time.

  2. The water is real warm.

  3. We went to bed real late.

First Known Use of real

1718


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real

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noun re·al \ rā-ˈäl \

Definition of real

plural reales play \rā-ˈä-(ˌ)lās\ or reals
:a former monetary unit and coin of Spain and its possessions

Origin and Etymology of real

Spanish, from real royal, from Latin regalis — more at royal


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real

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noun re·al \ rā-ˈäl \

Definition of real

1 plural reales or reis play \ˈrāsh, ˈrās, ˈrāzh, ˈrāz\ :a former monetary unit and coin of Portugal
2 plural reais play \ˈrāsh, ˈrās, ˈrāzh, ˈrāz\ or reis also reals :the basic monetary unit of Brazil — see Money Table

Origin and Etymology of real

Portuguese, from real royal, from Latin regalis



REAL Defined for English Language Learners

real

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adjective

Definition of real for English Language Learners

  • : actually existing or happening : not imaginary

  • : not fake, false, or artificial

  • : important and deserving to be regarded or treated in a serious way


real

adverb

Definition of real for English Language Learners

  • : very or really


REAL Defined for Kids

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real

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adjective re·al \ ˈrē-əl , ˈrēl \

Definition of real for Students

1 :not imaginary :actual
  • Blondie's real name is Ashley.
2 :not artificial :genuine
  • real leather
  • He's a real gentleman.

Synonym Discussion of real

real, actual, and true mean agreeing with known facts. real is used when a thing is what it appears to be.
    • This is a real diamond.
actual means that someone or something does or did occur or exist.
    • Is Santa Claus an actual person?
true may be used of something that is real or actual.
    • It's a true story.
It may also be used of something that agrees with a standard.
    • A whale is not a true fish.

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real

adverb

Definition of real for Students

:1very 1
  • I had a real good time.

Law Dictionary

real

adjective

legal Definition of real

1 a :of or relating to real property
  • a real action
— see also real property at property
b in the civil law of Louisiana :attached to a thing rather than a person
  • a real obligation is transferred along with the thing to which it is attached
— see also real right — compare personal
2 :actual
3 :adjusted for inflation especially to reflect actual purchasing power
  • real income

Origin and Etymology of real

Anglo-French, concerning land, property, or things (rather than persons), from Middle French, from Medieval Latin and Late Latin; Medieval Latin realis relating to things (in law), from Late Latin, actual, from Latin res thing, fact



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