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English definition of “actual”

actual

adjective [before noun]     /ˈæk.tʃu.əl/ /-tju-/ /-tʃʊl/
B2 existing in fact : We had estimated about 300 visitors , but the actual number was much higher . The exams are in July , but the actual results (= the results themselves) don't appear until September . → Synonym real adjectiveTrue, real, false, and unreal in actual fact B2 really: I thought she was Portuguese , but in actual fact she's Brazilian.True, real, false, and unreal real adjectiveGrammar:Actual and actuallyGrammar:ActualActual is an adjective meaning ‘true’, ‘real’ and ‘the thing in itself’. It does not refer to time. Actual always comes immediately before the noun it is describing:Grammar:Actually as a discourse markerGrammar:Actually as contrastWe can also use actually to correct someone politely:Grammar:Actual and actually: typical errors
(Definition of actual adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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