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Meaning of real by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Etymology 1

    From Old French reel, from Late Latin reālis ( “actual” ), from Latin rēs ( “matter, thing” ), of unknown origin .


    • enPR: rēəl, IPA: /riəl/, X-SAMPA: /"ri@l/
    • Homophone: reel


    real ( plural: reals )

    1. A commodity; see reality .
    2. ( grammar ) One of the three genders that the common gender can be separated into in the Scandinavian languages .
    3. ( mathematics ) A real number .


    real ( comparative realer or more real, superlative realest or most real )

    1. That can be characterized as a confirmation of truth .
    2. That has physical existence .
      No one has ever seen a real unicorn .
    3. ( economics ) Having been adjusted to remove the effects of inflation; contrasted with nominal .
      My dad calculated my family's real consumption per month .
      What is the real GNP of this polity?
    4. ( economics ) Relating to the result of the actions of rational agents; relating to neoclassical economic models as opposed to Keynesian models .
    5. ( mathematics, of a number ) Being either a rational number, or the limit of a convergent infinite sequence of rational numbers: being one of a set of numbers with a one-to-one correspondence to the points on a line .
    6. ( law ) Relating to immovable tangible property .
      real estate
      real property
    7. That is an exemplary or pungent instance of a class or type .
      This is a real problem .
      Some say he is a real hero .
    8. genuine, not faked or substituted .
      These are real tears!
      Adopted at birth, I didn't meet my real father until I was 18 .
    9. Genuine, not artificial .
      This is real leather .
    10. ( slang ) Signifying meritorious qualities or actions especially in regards to enjoying life, prowess at sports and success wooing potential partners .
      I'm keeping it real .


    real ( not comparable )

    1. ( US ) ( colloquial ) really .

    Etymology 2

    Spanish, from Latin rēgālis ( “regal, royal” ) .


    • ( UK ) enPR: rāäl', IPA: /ɹeɪˈɑːl/,X-SAMPA: /r\eI"A:l/
    • ( US ) enPR: rāäl', IPA: /ɹeɪˈɑl/, X-SAMPA: /r\eI"Al/


    real ( plural: reals or reis )

    1. Former unit of currency of Spain and Spain's colonies .
    2. A unit of currency used in Brazil, and formerly in Portugal.
    3. A coin worth one real .
    Usage notes

    The plural depends on currency's country .



Explanation of real by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. used as intensifiers

    2. a really enjoyable evening
      I'm real sorry about it
    1. capable of being treated as fact

    2. his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor
    3. having substance or capable of being treated as fact

    4. being or occurring in fact or actuality

    5. real objects
      real people; not ghosts
      a film based on real life
      a real illness
      real humility
      Life is real! Life is earnest!- Longfellow
    6. no less than what is stated

    7. 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
    8. of, relating to, or representing an amount that is corrected for inflation

    9. real prices
      real income
      real wages
    10. coinciding with reality

    11. not to be taken lightly

    12. statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems
      to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real
    13. ( of property ) fixed or immovable

    14. real property consists of land and buildings
    15. being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something

    1. an old small silver Spanish coin

    2. the basic unit of money in Brazil

    3. any rational or irrational number

    Definition of real by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Real ( rēal ), n. [Sp., fr. real royal, L. regalis. See Regal, and cf. Ree a coin.] A former small Spanish silver coin; also, a denomination of money of account, formerly the unit of the Spanish monetary system.

      ☞ A real of plate ( coin ) varied in value according to the time of its coinage, from 12½ down to 10 cents, or fromto 5 pence sterling. The real vellon, or money of account, was nearly equal to five cents, or 2½ pence sterling. In 1871 the coinage of Spain was assimilated to that of the Latin Union, of which the franc is the unit. The peseta was introduced in 1868, and continued as the official currency of Spain ( splitting temporarily into Nationalist and Republican pesetas during the civil war of the 1930's ) until 2002. In 2002, the euro became the official currency of Spain and most other nations of the European Union.

    2. Real ( raäl ), a. Royal; regal; kingly. [Obs.] “The blood real of Thebes.” Chaucer.

    3. Real ( rēal ), a. [LL. realis, fr. L. res, rei, a thing: cf. F. réel. Cf. Rebus.]
      1. Actually being or existing; not fictitious or imaginary; as, “a description of real life”.

      Whereat I waked, and found

      Before mine eyes all real, as the dream

      Had lively shadowed. Milton.

      2. True; genuine; not artificial, counterfeit, or factitious; often opposed to ostensible; as, “the real reason; real Madeira wine; real ginger.”

      Whose perfection far excelled

      Hers in all real dignity. Milton.

      3. Relating to things, not to persons. [Obs.]

      Many are perfect in men's humors that are not greatly capable of the real part of business. Bacon.

      4. ( Alg. ) Having an assignable arithmetical or numerical value or meaning; not imaginary.

      5. ( Law ) Pertaining to things fixed, permanent, or immovable, as to lands and tenements; as, “real property, in distinction from personal or movable property”.

      Chattels real ( Law ), such chattels as are annexed to, or savor of, the realty, as terms for years of land. See Chattel. -- Real action ( Law ), an action for the recovery of real property. -- Real assets ( Law ), lands or real estate in the hands of the heir, chargeable with the debts of the ancestor. -- Real composition ( Eccl. Law ), an agreement made between the owner of lands and the parson or vicar, with consent of the ordinary, that such lands shall be discharged from payment of tithes, in consequence of other land or recompense given to the parson in lieu and satisfaction thereof. Blackstone. -- Real estate or Real property, lands, tenements, and hereditaments; freehold interests in landed property; property in houses and land. Kent. Burrill. -- Real presence ( R. C. Ch. ), the actual presence of the body and blood of Christ in the eucharist, or the conversion of the substance of the bread and wine into the real body and blood of Christ; transubstantiation. In other churches there is a belief in a form of
      real presence, not however in the sense of transubstantiation. -- Real servitude, called also Predial servitude ( Civil Law ), a burden imposed upon one estate in favor of another estate of another proprietor. Erskine. Bouvier.

      Syn. -- Actual; true; genuine; authentic. -- Real, Actual. Real represents a thing to be a substantive existence; as, “a real, not imaginary, occurrence”. Actual refers to it as acted or performed; and, hence, when we wish to prove a thing real, we often say, “It actually exists,” “It has actually been done.” Thus its reality is shown by its actuality. Actual, from this reference to being acted, has recently received a new signification, namely, present; as, the actual posture of affairs; since what is now in action, or going on, has, of course, a present existence. An actual fact; a real sentiment.

      For he that but conceives a crime in thought,

      Contracts the danger of an actual fault. Dryden.

      Our simple ideas are all real; all agree to the reality of things. Locke.

    4. Real ( rēal ), n. A realist. [Obs.] Burton.