actualadjective [ before noun ]uk /ˈæk.tʃu.əl/ us /ˈæk.tʃu.əl/
The exams are in July, but the actual results (= the results themselves) don't appear until September.
- 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.
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ActualActual is an adjective meaning ‘true’, ‘real’ and ‘the thing in itself’. It does not refer to time. Actual always comes immediately before the noun it is describing: …