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English adjective: real

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


SamplesReal objects.
Real people; not ghosts.
A film based on real life.
A real illness.
Real humility.
Life is real! Life is earnest!.


Synonymsexistent


Similaractual, actual, documentary, factual, historical, objective


See alsoconcrete, echt, genuine, realistic, sincere


Attributerealism, reality, realness


Antonymsunreal

2. real no less than what is stated; worthy of the name


SamplesThe 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.


Similarproper, true


Antonymsunreal

3. real not to be taken lightly


SamplesStatistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems.
To the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real.


Similarserious


Antonymsfrivolous

4. real capable of being treated as fact


SamplesTangible evidence.
His brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor.


Synonymstangible


Similarconcrete


Antonymsabstract

5. real being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something


SamplesHer actual motive.
A literal solitude like a desert.
A genuine dilemma.


Synonymsactual, genuine, literal


Similartrue


Antonymsfalse

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


SamplesReal prices.
Real income.
Real wages.


Domain categoryeconomic science, economics, political economy


Antonymsnominal

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


SamplesThe substantial world.
A mere dream, neither substantial nor practical.
Most ponderous and substantial things.


Synonymsmaterial, substantial


See alsomaterial


Attributesolidness, substantiality, substantialness


Antonymsinsubstantial, unsubstantial, unreal

8. real (of property) fixed or immovable


SamplesReal property consists of land and buildings.


Similartangible


Antonymsintangible

9. real coinciding with reality


SamplesPerceptual error...has a surprising resemblance to veridical perception.


Synonymsveridical


Similarrealistic


Antonymsunrealistic


English noun: real

1. real (quantity) any rational or irrational number


Synonymsreal number


Broader (hypernym)complex number, complex quantity, imaginary, imaginary number


Narrower (hyponym)dot product, inner product, irrational, irrational number, rational, rational number, scalar product

2. real (quantity) the basic unit of money in Brazil; equal to 100 centavos


Broader (hypernym)Brazilian monetary unit


Part holonymcentavo

3. real (possession) an old small silver Spanish coin


Broader (hypernym)coin


English adverb: real

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


SamplesShe was very gifted.
He played very well.
A really enjoyable evening.
I'm real sorry about it.
A rattling good yarn.


Synonymsrattling, really, very









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