actual Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “actual” in the English Dictionary

"actual" in British English

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actualadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈæk.tʃu.əl/ /-tju-/ /-tʃʊl/
B2 existing in ​fact: We had ​estimated about 300 ​visitors, but the actual ​number was much ​higher. The ​exams are in ​July, but the actual ​results (= the ​results themselves) don't ​appear until ​September.
in actual fact B2 really: I ​thought she was ​Portuguese, but in actual ​fact she's Brazilian.
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(Definition of actual from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"actual" in American English

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actualadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈæk·tʃu·əl/
real; ​existing in ​fact: We ​expected 50 ​people, but the actual ​number was a lot ​higher.
(Definition of actual from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"actual" in Business English

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actualadjective [only before noun]

uk   us   /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 ​storesofferlocalconvenience while the ​virtualstoresoffervariety for ​shoppers.

actualnoun [usually plural]

uk   us   /ˈæktʃuəl/
ACCOUNTING an ​amount of ​money that a ​company really ​spends, rather than an ​amount of ​money that it ​plans or expects to ​spend: We continuously compare ​budgetedamounts with actuals.
STOCK MARKET something that physically exists such as ​oil, metal, ​grain, or coffee that is ​traded on the ​stockmarket: Transactions can be ​trade in actuals or by ​means of ​futurescontracts.
(Definition of actual from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “actual”
in Korean 사실상의…
in Arabic فِعلي…
in Malaysian hakikat sebenar…
in French réel…
in Russian фактический…
in Chinese (Traditional) 現實的,實際的, 真實的,真正的…
in Italian effettivo…
in Turkish gerçek…
in Polish faktyczny, rzeczywisty…
in Spanish real…
in Vietnamese thực sự…
in Portuguese verdadeiro, em si…
in Thai แท้จริง…
in German tatsächlich…
in Catalan real, veritable…
in Japanese 実際の, 現実の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 现实的,实际的, 真实的,真正的…
in Indonesian aktual, sebenarnya…
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