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English definition of “actual”

actual

adjective [only before noun]
 
 
/ˈæktʃuəl/
true or exact: actual amount/cost/figure Residents are paying electricity prices that are double the actual cost of generating electricity. There is a gap between desired and actual performance. actual sales/results
real, rather than part of an idea or plan: He's had a lot of interviews, but never had an actual job.
INTERNET real, not on the internet: The actual stores offer local convenience while the virtual stores offer variety for shoppers.
(Definition of actual adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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