un·​re·​al | \ ˌən-ˈrē(-ə)l How to pronounce unreal (audio) \

Definition of unreal

: lacking in reality, substance, or genuineness : artificial, illusory also : incredible, fantastic

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Examples of unreal in a Sentence

The town seemed as unreal as a movie set. The fashion model looked unreal, like a doll. I think it's unreal that he survived the accident.
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Recent Examples on the Web It’s been unreal … and yet more is still being asked. Andrew Canulette, NOLA.com, "St. Tammany teachers union OKs new contract with stipends up to $2,000," 15 Dec. 2020 Uh, friends, the second half of this performance is unreal. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, "The Voice recap: The Top 5 sing for the title," 15 Dec. 2020 What can our unreal selves say about our real ones? Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "What If You Could Do It All Over?," 14 Dec. 2020 Everyone loosened up, despite these being unreal drinks. Lauren Goode, Wired, "VR Meetings Are Weird, but They Beat Our Current Reality," 8 Dec. 2020 This is just one example of how our Top 100 Places to Work winners were quick to create a new reality in a seemingly unreal world. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Here are some ideas to steal from this year’s Top 100 Places to Work winners," 20 Nov. 2020 Ord compares humanity’s current situation to adolescence, a treacherous period when strength and desire outpace wisdom and self-control, and when one’s future life seems remote and unreal. Corinne Purtill, The New Yorker, "How Close Is Humanity to the Edge?," 21 Nov. 2020 Just to finally get to this moment is unreal, and it was definitely filled with a lot of emotions with my mom and dad and stuff like that. oregonlive, "Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge, from Oregon, had an eye on Oregon Ducks’ Payton Pritchard for some time," 19 Nov. 2020 The color variation is unreal, the shape is architectural, and the care is minimal. Marianne Willburn, Better Homes & Gardens, "5 of the Most Colorful New Houseplants You Need for Brightening Up Your Home," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of unreal

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unreal was in 1605

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17 Dec 2020

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“Unreal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreal. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unreal

: not real : artificial or fake
informal : very strange or unusual
informal used to describe something that is so good, bad, etc., that it is difficult to believe


un·​re·​al | \ ˌən-ˈrē-əl How to pronounce unreal (audio) \

Kids Definition of unreal

: not actual or genuine It seemed like a nightmare where everything you take to be … reality becomes unreal.— Laurence Yep, Dragonwings

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