Meaning of “actual” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective us uk /ˈæktʃuəl/
Extra Examples
The exams are in July but the actual results aren't until September.The price of the actual food wasn't too bad - it was the hotel that was so expensive.The actual work itself is quite enjoyable when I manage to find the time to do it.The actual school building is fine but the area that it is in is very poor and run-down.I was told there were some tickets left, but in actual fact they were sold out.

B2 real, not guessed or imagined:

We were expecting about fifty people, though the actual number was a lot higher.
in actual fact UK

B2 really:

It was due to start at ten, but in actual fact, it didn't begin until nearly eleven.

(Definition of “actual” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)