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re·al 1

 (rē′əl, rēl)
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.
adv. Informal
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.
for real Slang
Truly so in fact or actuality: "Is this place for real? A wolf in a ... leisure suit and a cow in a print dress wait patiently on the couch in the lobby" (Teresa Carson).

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin reālis, from Latin rēs, thing; see rē- in Indo-European roots.]

real′ness n.
Synonyms: real1, actual, true, existent
These adjectives mean not being imaginary but having verifiable existence. Real implies authenticity, genuineness, or factuality: Don't lose the bracelet; it's made of real gold. She showed real sympathy for my predicament.
Actual means existing and not merely potential or possible: "rocks, trees ... the actual world" (Henry David Thoreau).
True implies consistency with fact, reality, or actuality: "It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true" (Bertrand Russell).
Existent applies to what has life or being: Much of the beluga caviar existent in the world is found near the Caspian Sea. See Also Synonyms at authentic.

re·al 2

n. pl. re·als or re·al·es (-ä′lĕs)
A silver coin formerly used in Spain and Latin America.

[Spanish, royal, real, from Latin rēgālis, royal, from rēx, rēg-, king; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

re·al 3

n. pl. re·ais (rā-īsh′)
1. A unit of currency formerly used in Portugal.
2. See Table at currency.

[Portuguese, royal, real, from Latin rēgālis, royal; see real2.]


1. 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.
4. not artificial or simulated; genuine: real sympathy; real fur.
5. (Cookery) (of food, etc) traditionally made and having a distinct flavour: real ale; real cheese.
6. (Philosophy) philosophy existent or relating to actual existence (as opposed to nonexistent, potential, contingent, or apparent)
7. (Economics) (prenominal) economics (of prices, incomes, wages, etc) considered in terms of purchasing power rather than nominal currency value
8. (Law) (prenominal) denoting or relating to immovable property such as land and tenements: real property. Compare personal
9. (General Physics) physics Compare image2
10. (Mathematics) maths involving or containing real numbers alone; having no imaginary part
11. (Classical Music) music
a. (of the answer in a fugue) preserving the intervals as they appear in the subject
b. denoting a fugue as having such an answer. Compare tonal3
12. informal (intensifier): a real fool; a real genius.
13. the real thing the genuine article, not an inferior or mistaken substitute
14. (Mathematics) short for real number
15. the real that which exists in fact; reality
16. for real slang not as a test or trial; in earnest
[C15: from Old French réel, from Late Latin reālis, from Latin rēs thing]
ˈrealness n


(reɪˈɑːl; Spanish reˈal)
n, pl reals or reales (Spanish reˈales)
(Currencies) a former small Spanish or Spanish-American silver coin
[C17: from Spanish, literally: royal, from Latin rēgālis; see regal1]


(Portuguese reˈal)
n, pl reis (rəjʃ)
1. (Currencies) the standard monetary unit of Brazil, divided into 100 centavos
2. (Currencies) a former coin of Portugal
[ultimately from Latin rēgālis regal1]


(ˈri əl, ril)

1. true; not merely ostensible, nominal, or apparent: the real reason for an act.
2. actual rather than imaginary, ideal, or fictitious: real events; a story taken from real life.
3. being actually such; not merely so-called: a real victory.
4. genuine; authentic: real pearls.
5. unfeigned or sincere: real sympathy.
6. Informal. absolute; complete; utter: She's a real brain.
7. Philos.
a. existent as opposed to nonexistent.
b. actual as opposed to possible or potential.
c. independent of experience as opposed to phenomenal or apparent.
8. (of wages, income, or money) measured in purchasing power rather than in nominal value.
9. noting an optical image formed by the actual convergence of rays, as the image produced in a camera (opposed to virtual).
10. Law. of or pertaining to immovable or permanent things, as lands or buildings.
11. Math.
a. of, pertaining to, or having the value of a real number.
b. using real numbers: real analysis; real vector space.
12. Informal. very or extremely: You did a real nice job.
14. the real,
a. something that actually exists.
b. reality in general.
for real,
a. in reality; actually.
b. genuine; sincere.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin reālis= Latin re-, variant s. of rēs thing + -ālis -al1]
re′al•ness, n.


(reɪˈɑl; Sp. rɛˈɑl)

n., pl. re•als (reɪˈɑlz)
Sp. re•a•les (rɛˈɑ lɛs)
a former silver coin of Spain and Spanish America, equal to ? of a peso.
[1605–15; < Sp: royal < Latin rēgālis regal]



sing. of reis.


Real is used to say that something actually exists.

...real or imagined feelings of inferiority.
Robert squealed in mock terror, then in real pain.

You also use real to say that a substance or object is genuine and not artificial.

I would never wear real fur.
Rudolph couldn't tell whether the jewellery was real or not.

Some American speakers use real in front of an adjective or adverb for emphasis when speaking informally.

That suit looks real nice.
I'm being looked after real well.

This use is generally regarded as incorrect, both in British and American English. Instead of 'real', you should use really.

It was really good.
He did it really carefully.
See really
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.real - any rational or irrational number
dot product, inner product, scalar product - a real number (a scalar) that is the product of two vectors
complex number, complex quantity, imaginary, imaginary number - (mathematics) a number of the form a+bi where a and b are real numbers and i is the square root of -1
rational, rational number - an integer or a fraction
irrational, irrational number - a real number that cannot be expressed as a rational number
2.real - the basic unit of money in Brazil; equal to 100 centavos
centavo - a fractional monetary unit of several countries: El Salvador and Sao Tome and Principe and Brazil and Argentina and Bolivia and Colombia and Cuba and the Dominican Republic and Ecuador and El Salvador and Guatemala and Honduras and Mexico and Nicaragua and Peru and the Philippines and Portugal
Brazilian monetary unit - monetary unit in Brazil
3.real - an old small silver Spanish coin
coin - a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
Adj.1.real - 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
concrete - capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary; "concrete objects such as trees"
echt, genuine - not fake or counterfeit; "a genuine Picasso"; "genuine leather"
realistic - aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are; "a realistic description"; "a realistic view of the possibilities"; "a realistic appraisal of our chances"; "the actors tried to create a realistic portrayal of the Africans"
sincere - open and genuine; not deceitful; "he was a good man, decent and sincere"; "felt sincere regret that they were leaving"; "sincere friendship"
unreal - lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria; "ghosts and other unreal entities"; "unreal propaganda serving as news"
2.real - no less than what is stated; worthy of the name; "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"
unreal - not actually such; being or seeming fanciful or imaginary; "this conversation is getting more and more unreal"; "the fantastically unreal world of government bureaucracy"; "the unreal world of advertising art"
3.real - not to be taken lightly; "statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems"; "to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real"
serious - concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities; "a serious student of history"; "a serious attempt to learn to ski"; "gave me a serious look"; "a serious young man"; "are you serious or joking?"; "Don't be so serious!"
4.real - capable of being treated as fact; "tangible evidence"; "his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor"
concrete - capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary; "concrete objects such as trees"
5.real - being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of somethingreal - 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"
6.real - of, relating to, or representing an amount that is corrected for inflation; "real prices"; "real income"; "real wages"
economic science, economics, political economy - the branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management
nominal - of, relating to, or characteristic of an amount that is not adjusted for inflation; "the nominal GDP"; "nominal interest rates"
7.real - having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary; "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare
material - derived from or composed of matter; "the material universe"
8.real - (of property) fixed or immovable; "real property consists of land and buildings"
tangible - (of especially business assets) having physical substance and intrinsic monetary value ; "tangible property like real estate"; "tangible assets such as machinery"
9.real - coinciding with reality; "perceptual error...has a surprising resemblance to veridical perception"- F.A.Olafson
realistic - aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are; "a realistic description"; "a realistic view of the possibilities"; "a realistic appraisal of our chances"; "the actors tried to create a realistic portrayal of the Africans"
Adv.1.real - used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal; "she was very gifted"; "he played very well"; "a really enjoyable evening"; "I'm real sorry about it"; "a rattling good yarn"


1. true, actual, genuine, concrete, sincere, tangible, honest, factual, existent, palpable, dinkum (Austral & N.Z. informal), unimagined, unfeigned No, it wasn't a dream. It was real.
2. genuine, authentic, bona fide, dinkum (Austral & N.Z. informal) the smell of real leather
genuine affected, false, fake, faked, imaginary, imitation, counterfeit, feigned, insincere
3. proper, true, valid, legitimate His first real girlfriend.
4. true, actual This was the real reason for her call.
5. typical, true, earnest, genuine, sincere, unaffected, heartfelt, wholehearted, untainted, dinkum (Austral & N.Z. informal), unfeigned, unpretended Their expressions of regret did not smack of real sorrow.
6. serious, pressing, worrying, significant, severe, urgent, weighty Global warming is a real problem.
7. complete, right, complete, total, perfect, positive, absolute, utter, thorough, veritable, out-and-out You must think I'm a real idiot.
1. (U.S. informal) extremely, very, really, particularly, seriously (informal), terribly, remarkably, unusually, jolly (Brit.), awfully (informal), uncommonly He's been trying real hard.


1. Having verifiable existence:
2. In agreement or correspondence with fact:
4. Devoid of any hypocrisy or pretense:
جِداحَقيقيحقيقي، غَيْر مُزَيَّف، أصْليحَقيقي، فِعْليحَقيقي، كَبير ، عَظيم
ekta, ósvikinnraunverulegurreglulega, verulegavirkilegur
nejauginekilnojamasis turtasrealijarealistasrealistinis
có thựcthật


1. (= true) [reason, surprise, talent, achievement, progress] → verdadero; [power] → efectivo, verdadero; [cost, income] → real; [threat, hardship] → serio, verdadero
Tina was not their real motherTina no era su verdadera madre
you're a real frienderes un verdadero amigo (iro) → ¡vaya un amigo estás hecho!
the only real car accident that I've ever hadel único accidente de coche de verdad que he tenido jamás
we have no real reason to suspect himno tenemos ninguna razón en particular para sospechar de él
it came as no real surprise to himno le sorprendió en absoluto
now, that's a real paella!¡esto sí que es una paella (de verdad)!
get real!¡baja de las nubes!
there was real concern that the children were in dangerla gente estaba realmente preocupada por que los niños estuvieran en peligro
I was never in any real dangernunca estuve realmente en peligro
the danger was very realel peligro era muy real
there was no real evidence thatno había pruebas contundentes de que ...
my real home is in Londonmi verdadera casa or mi casa de verdad está en Londres
he showed real interest in sciencese mostraba verdaderamente interesado por la ciencia
in real lifeen la vida real, en la realidad
real life just isn't like thatlo que pasa es que la vida real no es así
a real live film staruna estrella de cine en carne y hueso
a real manun hombre de verdadtodo un hombre
she's in real painle duele de verdad
it's a real problemes un verdadero problema
in real termsen términos reales
to be in real troubleestar metido en un buen lío
the real worldel mundo real
2. (= not fake) [gold] → de ley, auténtico; [leather, diamond] → auténtico; [flowers] → de verdad; [silk] → puro; [cream] → fresco
real coffeecafé de cafetera, café de verdad
it was caviar, the real McCoyera caviar del auténtico
this diamond's the real thing or the real McCoyeste diamante es auténtico
this isn't the real thing, it's just a copyesto no es auténtico or genuino, es sólo una copia
this was definitely love, the real thingesto era amor de verdad
3. (= great) → verdadero
it's a real shamees una verdadera lástima
this dessert is a real treateste postre es un verdadero gustazo
to make real moneyganar dinero de verdad
B. ADV (US) (= really) → muy
he wrote some real good storiesescribió unos relatos muy buenos or buenísimos
we had a real good timelo pasamos realmente bien
it's real heavypesa mucho
C. N
for realde veras, de verdad
is this guy for real?¿de qué va este tío?
are you for real?¿me estás tomando el pelo?
D. CPD real ale Ncerveza f de barril tradicional
real assets NPLpropiedad fsing inmueble, bienes mpl raíces
real estate N (US) → bienes mpl raíces, bienes mpl inmuebles
real property N = real estate real time N (Comput) → tiempo m real


[ˈriːl ˈrɪəl]
(= not imagined) → réel(le)
real or imagined feelings of inferiority → un sentiment d'infériorité réel ou imaginaire
No, it wasn't a dream. It was real
BUT Non, ce n'était pas un rêve. C'était la réalité.
in real life → dans la réalité
the real world → la réalité
welcome to the real world! → eh oui, c'est la dure réalité!
(= true) [name, reason] → vrai(e)
Her real name is Cordelia → Son vrai nom est Cordelia.
(= not artificial) [flowers, silk] → naturel(le); [gold, leather] → véritable
It's real leather → C'est du cuir véritable.
it's the real thing (not a fake)c'est du vrai de vrai
(= genuine) [friend, interest] → véritable; [regret] → véritable
He wasn't a real policeman → Ce n'était pas un vrai policier.
My only real regret is that → Mon seul véritable regret, c'est que ...
it's the real thing (= true love) → c'est l'amour avec un grand A
(= proper) [job] → vrai(e)
(= actual) [danger, problem] → réel(le)
(for emphasis) [shock, surprise, tragedy] → véritable
It was a real nightmare → C'était un véritable cauchemar.
It's a real shame → C'est vraiment dommage.
You must think I'm a real idiot → Tu dois penser que je suis vraiment idiot.
(= net) [cost, value] → réel(le)
in real terms → en termes réels
adv (US) (= very) [good, bad, nice, important, happy] → vraiment
real soon → très bientôt
for real → pour de vraireal ale n (British)bière f traditionnellereal estate n (mainly US)immobilier mreal-estate agent n (US)agent m immobilierreal-estate office n (US)agence f immobilièrereal-estate register n (US)cadastre m


(= genuine) gold, flowers, silk etc, sympathy, joy, desireecht; need, improvementecht, wirklich; (as opposed to substitute) → richtig; namerichtig; (= true, as opposed to apparent) owner, boss, reason, purpose, state of affairswirklich, tatsächlich, eigentlich; (= not imaginary) creature, object, life, worldwirklich, real (esp Philos); (Phys, Math) → reell; (Econ) → real; you can touch it, it’s realdas können Sie anfassen, es ist wirklich da; was the unicorn ever a real creature?gab es das Einhorn je wirklich or tatsächlich?; in real lifeim wirklichen Leben; he has no real powerer hat keine wirkliche Macht; his grief was very realsein Schmerz war echt, er empfand seinen Schmerz zutiefst; the danger was very realdas war eine ganz reale Gefahr; it’s the real thing or McCoy, this whisky!dieser Whisky ist der echte; “real leather”echt Leder; it’s not the real thingdas ist nicht das Wahre; (= not genuine)das ist nicht echt; climbing this hill isn’t much when you’ve done the real thingdieser Hügel ist gar nichts, wenn man schon einmal richtig geklettert hat; she wanted to see the real Africasie wollte das wirkliche Afrika or das tiefe Afrika erleben; the real question is…die wirkliche Frage ist …, der Kern der Frage ist …; to keep in touch with the real worldauf dem Boden der Tatsachen bleiben, nicht die Berührung mit dem wirklichen Leben verlieren; Real Presence (Rel) → Realpräsenz f; get real! (inf)wach auf!
(= proper, complete)richtig; sportsman, gentleman, cowardrichtig, echt; champion, friend, friendshipwahr, echt; threatecht, wirklich; idiot, disasterkomplett; it’s a real miracledas ist wirklich or echt (inf)ein Wunder, das ist ein wahres Wunder; it’s a real shamees ist wirklich schade, es ist jammerschade; he doesn’t know what real contentment/family life iser weiß ja nicht, was Zufriedenheit/Familienleben wirklich ist; that’s what I call a real cardas nenne ich ein Auto; that’s a real racketdas ist wirklich ein Schwindel; I’m in real troubleich bin in großen Schwierigkeiten; to make real moneywirklich viel Geld verdienen, das große Geld verdienen or machen (inf)
(Fin: = net, overall) income, costwirklich, tatsächlich; interest rateeffektiv; in real termseffektiv; this increase is equivalent in real terms to …dieser Anstieg entspricht effektiv
adv (esp US inf) → echt (inf), → wirklich; real soonwirklich bald; we had a real good laughwir haben so gelacht
for realwirklich, echt (inf); is that invitation for real?ist die Einladung ernst gemeint?; he’s not for real (= not sincere)er meint es nicht wirklich; (= not genuine)er ist nicht echt; is this for real or is it another practice?ist das echt (inf)or Ernst oder schon wieder eine Übung?
(Philos) the realdas Reale, die Wirklichkeit


real ale
nReal Ale nt
real coffee
nBohnenkaffee m
real estate
nImmobilien pl; real developer (US) → Immobilienhändler(in) m(f); real agent (US) → Grundstücks- or Immobilienmakler(in) m(f); real office (US) → Immobilienbüro nt; real register (US) → Grundbuch nt


real number
nreelle Zahl
real property
n (US) → Grundbesitz m
real tennis
nBallhaustennis nt
real time
n (Comput) → Echtzeit f
real-time clock
n (Comput) → Echtzeituhr f
real-time processing
n (Comput) → Echtzeitverarbeitung f


1. adj (gen) → vero/a; (reason, motive) → reale, vero/a (Philosophy) → reale
in real life → nella realtà
in real terms (Fin) → in termini effettivi
real account (Fin) (in ledger) → conto patrimoniale
he's a real villain → è un vero mascalzone
she has no real authority → in pratica non ha alcuna autorità
once you've tasted the real thing ... → una volta provato l'originale...
2. adv (Am) (fam) → veramente, proprio
3. n for real (fam) → per davvero, sul serio


(riəl) adjective
1. which actually exists. There's a real monster in that cave.
2. not imitation; genuine. real leather; Is that diamond real?
3. actual. He may own the factory, but it's his manager who is the real boss.
4. great. a real surprise/problem.
(especially American) very; really. a real nice house.
ˈrealist noun
a person who sees, or claims to see, life as it is, without being affected by emotion etc.
ˈrealism noun
ˌreaˈlistic adjective
(negative unrealistic).
1. showing things as they really are. a realistic painting.
2. taking a sensible, practical view of life. I'd like to think we'd sell five of these a day, but it would be more realistic to say two.
ˌreaˈlistically adverb
reality (riˈӕləti) noun
1. that which is real and not imaginary. It was a relief to get back to reality after hearing the ghost story.
2. the state of being real.
3. (often in plural reˈalities) a fact. Death and sorrow are two of the grim realities of human existence.
ˈreally adverb
1. in fact. He looks a fool but he is really very clever.
2. very. That's a really nice hat!
an expression of surprise, protest, doubt etc. `I'm going to be the next manager.' `Oh really?'; Really! You mustn't be so rude!
real estate
(the buying and selling of) land and houses.
for real
(especially American) genuine; true. He says he's got a new bike, but I don't know if that's for real.
in reality
really; actually. He pretends to be busy, but in reality he has very little to do.


حَقِيقِيّ, وَاقِعِيّ pravý, skutečný ægte, virkelig echt πραγματικός auténtico, real, TRUE aito, todellinen original, vrai pravi, stvaran vero 実在の, 本物の 진짜의, 현실의 echt ekte, virkelig prawdziwy real, Verdadeiro настоящий, подлинный äkta แท้จริง, ของแท้ gerçek có thực, thật 真实的, 真的


a. real, verdadero-a, cierto-a;
adv. realmente, verdaderamente, ciertamente.
References in classic literature ?
The stage was dark and the glow of the furnace had a fine effect, especially as real steam issued from the kettle when the witch took off the cover.
To the boy the tales were very real and full of meaning.
Not even the mule and ox-cart drivers, whom they would hire to take them into the wilds of the interior would be told of the real object of the search.
Do you reckon that boy Ambrosch has any real push in him?
It was easy to know them, fluttering about with extended, protecting wings when any harm, real or imaginary, threatened their precious brood.
Dreams that were as real as reality -- delirium, of course, but SO real
In the case of the children, the bears, and the prophet, the bears got more real satisfaction out of the episode than the prophet did, because they got the children.
Goddard was the mistress of a Schoolnot of a seminary, or an establishment, or any thing which professed, in long sentences of refined nonsense, to combine liberal acquirements with elegant morality, upon new principles and new systemsand where young ladies for enormous pay might be screwed out of health and into vanitybut a real, honest, oldfashioned Boardingschool, where a reasonable quantity of accomplishments were sold at a reasonable price, and where girls might be sent to be out of the way, and scramble themselves into a little education, without any danger of coming back prodigies.
The real Banking-house by Temple Bar, the real business of the past day, the real strong rooms, the real express sent after him, and the real message returned, would all be there.
Yes, it is a real bird,' said those who had brought it.
The trembling clown replied that as he lived and by the oath he had sworn (though he had not sworn any) it was not so much; for there were to be taken into account and deducted three pairs of shoes he had given him, and a real for two blood-lettings when he was sick.
But I forbear to dwell any longer on a matter which has hitherto worn too loose a garb to admit even of an accurate inspection of its real shape or tendency.