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ac·tu·al

 (ăk′cho͞o-əl)
adj.
1.
a. Existing in reality and not potential, possible, simulated, or false: The actual damages were less than first reported. In the actual test, the mechanism did not work as the computer model predicted. See Synonyms at real1.
b. Based on fact: The actual history of the voyage is different from the popular accounts.
2. Conforming to the characteristics of a group or type; typical: Is he an actual doctor or a fake?

[Middle English, from Old French, active, from Late Latin āctuālis, from Latin āctus, past participle of agere, to drive, do; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

actual

(ˈæktʃʊəl)
adj
1. existing in reality or as a matter of fact
2. real or genuine
3. existing at the present time; current
4. (usually preceded by your) informal often facetious Brit (intensifier): that music's by your actual Mozart, isn't it?.
[C14: actuel existing, from Late Latin āctuālis relating to acts, practical, from Latin āctus act]
Usage: The excessive use of actual and actually should be avoided. They are unnecessary in sentences such as in actual fact, he is forty-two, and he did actually go to the play but did not enjoy it

ac•tu•al

(ˈæk tʃu əl)

adj.
1. existing in act, fact, or reality; real: an actual case; the actual cost.
2. existing now; present; current: the ship's actual position.
[1275–1325; < Late Latin āctuālis= Latin āctu- (s. of āctus act) + -ālis -al1]
ac′tu•al•ness, n.

actual

1. 'actual'

You use actual to emphasize that the place, object, or person you are talking about is the real or genuine one.

The predicted results and the actual results are very different.
The interpretation bore no relation to the actual words spoken.

Be Careful!
You only use actual in front of a noun. You do not say that something 'is actual'.

2. 'current' and 'present'

You do not use 'actual' to describe something that is happening, being done, or being used at the present time. Instead you use current or present.

The store needs more than $100,000 to survive the current crisis.
Is the present situation really any different from many others in the past?
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.actual - presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible; "the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different"; "actual and imagined conditions"
potential, possible - existing in possibility; "a potential problem"; "possible uses of nuclear power"
2.actual - taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated; "we saw the actual wedding on television"; "filmed the actual beating"
real, existent - being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory; "real objects"; "real people; not ghosts"; "a film based on real life"; "a real illness"; "real humility"; "Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow
3.actual - being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of somethingactual - being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something; "her actual motive"; "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton; "a genuine dilemma"
true - consistent with fact or reality; not false; "the story is true"; "it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true"- B. Russell; "the true meaning of the statement"
4.actual - existing in act or fact; "rocks and trees...the actual world"; "actual heroism"; "the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced"
real, existent - being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory; "real objects"; "real people; not ghosts"; "a film based on real life"; "a real illness"; "real humility"; "Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow
5.actual - being or existing at the present momentactual - being or existing at the present moment; "the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West"
current - occurring in or belonging to the present time; "current events"; "the current topic"; "current negotiations"; "current psychoanalytic theories"; "the ship's current position"

actual

adjective
1. genuine, real, true, confirmed, authentic, verified, truthful, bona fide, dinkum (Austral & N.Z. informal) They are using local actors or the actual people involved.
genuine made-up, probable, untrue, unreal, fictitious
2. real, substantial, concrete, definite, tangible She had written some notes, but she hadn't started the actual work.
real supposed, theoretical, hypothetical

actual

adjective
1. Occurring or existing in act or fact:
3. In agreement or correspondence with fact:
Translations
فِعْلِي، حَقِيقِي، رَاهِنفِعْلِيّ
skutečný
faktiskvirkelig
nykyinentämänhetkinentodellinenvarsinainen
stvaran
aktuálisfennállójelenlegiténylegesvalóságos
raunverulegur
実際の
실제의
faktiškasiš tikrųjųtiesą sakanttikrastikroviškumas
faktisksīstspatiess
resničen
faktisk
ที่จริง
gerçekgerçekte
thực sự

actual

[ˈæktjʊəl]
A. ADJ
1. (= real) → real
the actual number is much higher than thatel número real es mucho más alto
the film was based on actual eventsla película estaba basada en hechos reales
let's take an actual case/exampletomemos un caso/ejemplo concreto
there is no actual contractno hay contrato propiamente dicho
you met an actual film star?¿has conocido a una estrella de cine de verdad?
in actual facten realidad
actual sizetamaño m real
2. (= precise) [amount, figure] → exacto; [words] → exacto, textual
I don't remember the actual figuresno recuerdo las cifras exactas
what were his actual words?¿cuáles fueron sus palabras exactas or textuales?
3. (= very) they couldn't find the actual gun that was usedno encontraron el arma que se utilizó
the film used the actual people involved as actorsla película utilizó como actores a los implicados
4. (= proper) the actual wedding procession starts at elevenel desfile de boda propiamente dicho empieza a las once
on the actual day somebody will carry that for youese día alguien lo llevará por ti
B. CPD actual bodily harm N (Jur) → daños mpl físicos, lesiones fpl corporales
actual loss N (Comm) → pérdida f efectiva

actual

[ˈæktʃuəl] adj
(= real, genuine) [people, events] → réel(le), véritable; [number, words] → exact(e)
The film is based on actual events → Le film repose sur des faits réels.
What's the actual amount? → Quel est le montant exact?
(for emphasis)à proprement parler
The actual wedding ceremony starts at 10am → La cérémonie du mariage à proprement parler commence à 10 heures.actual bodily harm ncoups mpl et blessures fpl

actual

adj
eigentlich; reason, price also, resulttatsächlich; case, examplekonkret; in actual facteigentlich; what were his actual words?was genau hat er gesagt?; this is the actual housedas ist hier das Haus; there is no actual contractes besteht kein eigentlicher Vertrag; your actual (inf)ein echter/eine echte/ein echtes …, der/die/das echte; actual sizewahre Größe
(= precise)genau; I don’t remember the actual figuresich erinnere mich nicht an die genauen Zahlen
(= existing now)derzeitig; actual state or situationIst-Zustand m

actual

[ˈæktjʊəl] adj (amount, result) → reale, vero/a, effettivo/a; (example) → concreto/a
in actual fact → in realtà
what were his actual words? → cosa ha detto esattamente?

actual

(ˈӕktʃuəl) adjective
real; existing; not imaginary. In actual fact he is not as stupid as you think he is.
ˌactuˈality (-ˈӕ-) noun
(a) reality. the actuality of the situation.
ˈactually adverb
1. really. She actually saw the accident happen.
2. in fact. Actually, I'm doing something else this evening.

actual

فِعْلِيّ skutečný faktisk wirklich πραγματικός real varsinainen réel stvaran reale 実際の 실제의 daadwerkelijk faktisk rzeczywisty real фактический faktisk ที่จริง gerçek thực sự 实际的

actual

a. actual, real, verdadero-a;
adv. en realidad, actualmente;
the ___ symptomel síntoma verdadero.
References in classic literature ?
But his polite regrets didn't impose upon her, and when she galloped away with the Count, she saw Laurie sit down by her aunt with an actual expression of relief.
He began to get lonely and to want to touch actual flesh-and- bone people with his hands.
All about us the snow was crusted in shallow terraces, with tracings like ripple-marks at the edges, curly waves that were the actual impression of the stinging lash in the wind.
It was evident that his momentary weakness had vanished with the explanation of a mystery which his own experience had not served to fathom; and though he now felt all the realities of their actual condition, that he was prepared to meet them with the energy of his hardy nature.
Carr, alive only to the actual business that had brought him there, at once took possession of Fairfax, and began to disclose his plans for the working of the mine, occasionally halting to look at the work already done in the ditches, and to examine the field of his future operations.
The impression of its actual state, at this distance of a hundred and sixty years, darkens inevitably through the picture which we would fain give of its appearance on the morning when the Puritan magnate bade all the town to be his guests.
This old town of Salem -- my native place, though I have dwelt much away from it both in boyhood and maturer years -- possesses, or did possess, a hold on my affection, the force of which I have never realized during my seasons of actual residence here.
I admired them, had fancies about them, for we could all profit in a degree, especially when they loomed through the dusk, by the grandeur of their actual battlements; yet it was not at such an elevation that the figure I had so often invoked seemed most in place.
In these last-mentioned haunts you see only sailors; but in New Bedford, actual cannibals stand chatting at street corners; savages outright; many of whom yet carry on their bones unholy flesh.
The newspapers had been full of this scandal--once there had even been an investigation, and an actual uncovering of the pipes; but nobody had been punished, and the thing went right on.
His talents were of the very first order, although his mind showed a preference always for the ideal and the aesthetic, and there was about him that repugnance to the actual business of life which is the common result of this balance of the faculties.
We would fain take that walk, never yet taken by us through this actual world, which is perfectly symbolical of the path which we love to travel in the interior and ideal world; and sometimes, no doubt, we find it difficult to choose our direction, because it does not yet exist distinctly in our idea.