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English definition of “real”

real

adjective
 
 
/rɪəl/
NOT IMAGINED A2 existing and not imagined: He's not real you know, he's just a character in a book. Romance is never like that in real life.Reality and truth
TRUE B1 true and not pretended: What was the real reason she didn't come? Is that your real name?Reality and truth
NOT ARTIFICIAL A2 not artificial or false: real fur/leather It's not a toy gun, it's the real thing.Reality and truthNatural and artificial
FOR EMPHASIS [always before noun] B2 used to emphasize a noun: She was a real help.Reality and truth
→ See also the real McCoy, Get real!
(Definition of real adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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