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adjective uk   /rɪəl/  us   /riː.əl/

real adjective (NOT IMAGINARY)

A2 existing in fact and not imaginary: Assuring the patient that she has a real and not imaginary problem is the first step. There is a very real threat that he will lose his job.real earnings, income, etc. the value of earnings, etc. after the effect of rising prices is considered: Wages rose by 2.9 percent last year, but real earnings still fell by 1.3 percent.in real terms existing in fact, despite what appears to be the situation: Average earnings rose five percent in real terms after deducting income tax.
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real adjective (NOT FALSE)

A2 [before noun] being what it appears to be and not false: real leather/fur Is that a toy gun or the real thing?
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[before noun] UK approving (especially of foods) produced using traditional methods and without artificial substances: The pub sells several kinds of real ale (= traditional beer).for real B2 informal real, not pretended: I thought it was just a fire practice but apparently it was for real.
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real adjective (IMPORTANT)

B2 [before noun] the most important; the main: The real difficulty was the language, because my children don't speak English. Novelty value may be a part of it, but the real reason people like our paper is that it speaks the truth.
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real adjective (VERY GREAT)

B2 [before noun] used to emphasize a noun: He's a real gentleman. She was a real help. It's a real nuisance.
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real

adverb uk   /rɪəl/  us   /riː.əl/ mainly US informal
very: I like this homemade lemonade, it's real good! It's real easy to do.
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