Translation of "actual" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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actualadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈæk.tʃu.əl/ us /ˈæk.tʃu.əl/

B2 existing in fact

We had estimated about 300 visitors, but the actual number was much higher. 我们估计大约会有300名来宾,可实到人数要多得多。
The exams are in July, but the actual results (= the results themselves) don't appear until September. 考试是在7月份,但是真正等到成绩出来得9月份。
in actual fact

B2 really

I thought she was Portuguese, but in actual fact she's Brazilian. 我以为她是葡萄牙人,可实际上她是巴西人。

More examples

  • I often prefer the ads on TV to the actual programmes.
  • The documentary was a misrepresentation of the truth and bore little resemblance to actual events.
  • The actual signing of the treaty was a downbeat affair without any ceremony.
  • Their predictions were hopelessly out of line with the actual results.
  • He said he went to Florida for medical treatment, but in actual fact he was trying to escape from the British police.

(Translation of “actual” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)