Definition of Real in English :

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Real meaning in English

Meaning of Real in English

Pronunciation of Real in English

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see synonyms of real


1. real, real number

any rational or irrational number

2. real

the basic unit of money in Brazil; equal to 100 centavos

3. real

an old small silver Spanish coin


4. existent, real

being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory

Example Sentences:
'real objects'
'real people; not ghosts'
'a film based on real life'
'a real illness'
'real humility'
'Life is real! Life is earnest!'

5. real

no less than what is stated; worthy of the name

Example Sentences:
'the real reason'
'real war'
'a real friend'
'a real woman'
'meat and potatoes--I call that a real meal'
'it's time he had a real job'
'it's no penny-ante job--he's making real money'

6. real

not to be taken lightly

Example Sentences:
'statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems'
'to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real'

7. real, tangible

capable of being treated as fact

Example Sentences:
'tangible evidence'
'his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor'

8. actual, genuine, literal, real

being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something

Example Sentences:
'her actual motive'
'a literal solitude like a desert'
'a genuine dilemma'

9. real

of, relating to, or representing an amount that is corrected for inflation

Example Sentences:
'real prices'
'real income'
'real wages'

10. material, real, substantial

having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary

Example Sentences:
'the substantial world'
'a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical'
'most ponderous and substantial things'

11. real

(of property) fixed or immovable

Example Sentences:
'real property consists of land and buildings'

12. real, veridical

coinciding with reality

Example Sentences:
'perceptual error...has a surprising resemblance to veridical perception'


13. rattling, real, really, very

used as intensifiers; real' is sometimes used informally for really'; rattling' is informal

Example Sentences:
'she was very gifted'
'he played very well'
'a really enjoyable evening'
'I'm real sorry about it'
'a rattling good yarn'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of real
existing or occurring in the physical world; not imaginary, fictitious, or theoretical; actual
2. (prenominal)
true; actual; not false
the real reason
3. (prenominal)
deserving the name; rightly so called
a real friend
a real woman
not artificial or simulated; genuine
real sympathy
real fur
(of food, etc) traditionally made and having a distinct flavour
real ale
real cheese
6. philosophy
existent or relating to actual existence (as opposed to nonexistent, potential, contingent, or apparent)
7. (prenominal) economics
(of prices, incomes, wages, etc) considered in terms of purchasing power rather than nominal currency value
8. (prenominal)
denoting or relating to immovable property such as land and tenements
real property
Compare personal
9. physics Compare image (sense 2)
10. mathematics
involving or containing real numbers alone; having no imaginary part
11. music
(of the answer in a fugue) preserving the intervals as they appear in the subject
denoting a fugue as having such an answer
Compare tonal (sense 3)
12. informal
a real fool
a real genius
13.  the real thing
14.  short for real number
15.  the real
16.  for real
nounWord forms: plural reals or reales (Spanish reˈales)
a former small Spanish or Spanish-American silver coin
nounWord forms: plural reis (rəjʃ )
the standard monetary unit of Brazil, divided into 100 centavos
a former coin of Portugal

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see synonyms of real
existing or happening as or in fact; actual, true, etc.; not merely seeming, pretended, imagined, fictitious, nominal, or ostensible
authentic; genuine
not pretended; sincere
designating wages or income as measured by purchasing power
4.  Law
of or relating to permanent, immovable things
real property
5.  Ancient Mathematics
designating or of the part of a complex number that is not imaginary: all irrational and rational numbers are real numbers
6.  Optics
of or relating to an image made by the actual meeting of light rays at a point
7.  Philosophy
existing objectively; actual (not merely possible or ideal), or essential, absolute, ultimate (not relative, derivative, etc.)
anything that actually exists, or reality in general
with the
9.  Informal
nounWord forms: plural ˈreals or Spanish reˈales (ʀɛˈɑlɛs; reäˈles)
a former monetary unit and silver coin of Spain and its possessions
1.  sing. of
2. Word forms: plural reˈais
the basic monetary unit of Brazil
see the table of monetary units in the Reference Supplement

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of real
a. Being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verifiable existence: real objects; a real illness.
b. True and actual; not imaginary, alleged, or ideal: real people, not ghosts; a film based on real life.
c. Of or founded on practical matters and concerns: a recent graduate experiencing the real world for the first time.
2. Genuine and authentic; not artificial or spurious: real mink; real humility.
3. Being no less than what is stated; worthy of the name: a real friend.
4. Free of pretense, falsehood, or affectation: tourists hoping for a real experience on the guided tour.
5. Not to be taken lightly; serious: in real trouble.
6. Philosophy Existing objectively in the world regardless of subjectivity or conventions of thought or language.
7. Relating to, being, or having value reckoned by actual purchasing power: real income; real growth.
8. Physics Of, relating to, or being an image formed by light rays that converge in space.
9. Mathematics Of, relating to, or being a real number.
10. Law Of or relating to stationary or fixed property, such as buildings or land.
Very: I'm real sorry about that.
1. A thing or whole having actual existence. Often used with the: theories beyond the realm of the real.
2. Mathematics A real number.
n. pl. re·als or re·al·es (-älĕs)
A silver coin formerly used in Spain and Latin America.
n. pl. re·ais (rā-īsh)
1. A unit of currency formerly used in Portugal.
2. See Table at currency.

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