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English definition of “real”

real

adjective  /ˈri·əl, ril/ us  

real adjective (ACTUAL)

existing in fact; not imaginary: There is a real possibility that he will lose his job. This is a true story about real people.

real adjective (NOT FALSE)

being what it appears to be; genuine: Are those flowers real or fake? The chest of drawers is a real antique.

real adjective (VERY GREAT)

[not gradable] very great or to a great degree: He’s a real gentleman. The current situation is a real mess.

real

adverb [not gradable]  /ˈri·əl, ril/ infml us  

real adverb [not gradable] (VERY GREAT)

in a very great way or to a great degree: I get cold real easy. It’s real nice to meet you.
(Definition of real from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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