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English definition of “virtual”

virtual

adjective uk   /ˈvɜː.tju.əl/ us    /ˈvɝː-/

virtual adjective (ALMOST)

C1 [before noun] almost a particular thing or quality: Ten years of incompetent government had brought about the virtual collapse of the country's economy.

virtual adjective (COMPUTER)

B2 describes something that can be done or seen using a computer and therefore without going anywhere or talking to anyone: virtual shopping
(Definition of virtual from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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