Meaning of “physical” in the English Dictionary

"physical" in English

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uk /ˈfɪz.ɪ.kəl/ us /ˈfɪz.ɪ.kəl/

physical adjective (BODY)

B2 relating to the body:

I'm not a very physical sort of person (= I don't enjoy physical activities).

informal violent:

The referee stepped in because the game had started to get a little too physical.


There was obviously a great physical attraction between them.

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physicalnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɪz.ɪ.kəl/ us /ˈfɪz.ɪ.kəl/ UK also medical

(Definition of “physical” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"physical" in American English

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us /ˈfɪz·ɪ·kəl/

physical adjective (BODY)

connected with the body:

She tries to keep herself in good physical condition.

physical adjective (MATERIAL)

existing as or connected with things that can be seen or touched:

The physical dimensions of the theater are smaller than I thought.

physical adjective (PHYSICS)

(Definition of “physical” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"physical" in Business English

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uk /ˈfɪzɪkəl/ us

relating to things you can see or touch:

Payments for actual physical goods are not the only items involved in international trade.

ACCOUNTING, FINANCE used to describe assets that can be seen and touched, for example buildings or equipment:

Companies must raise capital for physical assets.

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to describe commodities (= substances or products that can be traded) that can be bought and delivered immediately:

physical commodities such as wheat, cotton, rice, and corn

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to describe shares, bonds, etc. with a certificate , rather than ones that exist only in electronic form:

If the investor is delivered physical shares, their value will be less than the initial investment.

(Definition of “physical” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)