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"real" in British English

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realadjective

uk   /rɪəl/  us   /ˈriː.əl/
  • real adjective (NOT IMAGINARY)

A2 existing in fact and not imaginary: Assuring the patient that she has a real and not imaginary problem is the first step. There is a very real threat that he will lose his job.
real earnings, income, etc.
the value of earnings, etc. after the effect of rising prices is considered: Wages rose by 2.9 percent last year, but real earnings still fell by 1.3 percent.
in real terms
after considering things that affect what a number or amount really means, such as the effect of rising prices: Average earnings rose 5 percent in real terms after deducting income tax.
the real world
things as they really are, not as they exist in the imagination, in a story, on the internet, etc.: Over-protecting children does not equip them to deal with the real world. Why waste time on virtual friendships, when there are people out there in the real world who want to spend time with you?
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  • real adjective (NOT FALSE)

A2 [before noun] being what it appears to be and not false: real leather/fur Is that a toy gun or the real thing?
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[before noun] UK approving (especially of foods) produced using traditional methods and without artificial substances: The pub sells several kinds of real ale (= traditional beer).
for real B2 informal
real, not pretended: I thought it was just a drill but apparently it was for real.

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  • real adjective (VERY GREAT)

B2 [before noun] used to emphasize a noun: He's a real gentleman. She was a real help. It's a real nuisance.

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realadverb

uk   /rɪəl/  us   /ˈriː.əl/ mainly US informal
very: I like this homemade lemonade, it's real good! It's real easy to do.
(Definition of real from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"real" in American English

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realadjective

 us   /ˈri·əl, ril/
  • real adjective (ACTUAL)

existing in fact; not imaginary: There is a real possibility that he will lose his job. This is a true story about real people.
  • real adjective (NOT FALSE)

being what it appears to be; genuine: Are those flowers real or fake? The chest of drawers is a real antique.
  • real adjective (VERY GREAT)

[not gradable] very great or to a great degree: He’s a real gentleman. The current situation is a real mess.

realadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈri·əl, ril/ infml
in a very great way or to a great degree: I get cold real easy. It’s real nice to meet you.
(Definition of real from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"real" in Business English

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realadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /rɪəl/
ECONOMICS after considering the effects of inflation: Wages rose by 2.9% last year, but real earnings still fell by 1.3%. Japan's economy grew by 1.5% in real terms in the first quarter.
(Definition of real from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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