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"actual" in British English

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actualadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈæk.tʃu.əl/ us   /ˈæk.tʃu.əl/
(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   /ˈæktʃuəl/ us  
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.

actualnoun [usually plural]

uk   /ˈæktʃuəl/ us  
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 budgeted amounts with actuals.
STOCK MARKET something that physically exists such as oil, metal, grain, or coffee that is traded on the stock market: Transactions can be trade in actuals or by means of futures contracts.
(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 verdadero, 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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“actual” in Business English

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Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
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