Meaning of “actual” - Learner’s Dictionary

actual

adjective us uk /ˈæktʃuəl/

B2 real, not guessed or imagined:

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

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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)