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real adj
1 being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory; "real objects"; "real people; not ghosts"; "a film based on real life"; "a real illness"; "real humility"; "Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow [syn: existent] [ant: unreal]
2 no less than what is stated; worthy of the name; "the real reason"; "real war"; "a real friend"; "a real woman"; "meat and potatoes--I call that a real meal"; "it's time he had a real job"; "it's no penny-ante job--he's making real money" [syn: real(a)] [ant: unreal]
3 being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something; "her actual motive"; "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton; "a genuine dilemma" [syn: actual, genuine, literal]
4 not synthetic or spurious; of real or natural origin; "real mink"; "true gold" [syn: true]
5 not to be taken lightly; "statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems"; "to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real"
6 possible to be treated as fact; "tangible evidence"; "his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor" [syn: tangible]
7 being value measured in terms of purchasing power; "real prices"; "real income"; "real wages" [ant: nominal]
8 having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary; "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare [syn: substantial, material] [ant: insubstantial]
9 (of property) fixed or immovable; "real property consists of land and buildings; real estate"
10 coinciding with reality; "perceptual error...has a surprising resemblance to veridical perception"- F.A.Olafson [syn: veridical]
11 founded on practical matters; "a recent graduate experiencing the real world for the first time"


1 any rational or irrational number [syn: real number]
2 an old small silver Spanish coin adv : used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal; "she was very gifted"; "he played very well"; "a really enjoyable evening"; "I'm real sorry about it"; "a rattling good yarn" [syn: very, really, rattling] [also: reis (pl), reales (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary


Etymology 1

Relating to things, from Old French reel, from Late Latin realis actual, from Latin res matter, thing, of unknown origin.


  • rēəl, /riəl/, /"ri@l/


  1. A commodity; see reality.
  2. One of the three genders that the common gender can be separated into in the Scandinavian languages.
  3. A real number.
a commodity
  • Japanese: 現実; 現実性, 現実味
a gender in Scandinavian languages
  • Swedish: reale
mathematics: a real number


  1. That can be characterized as a confirmation of truth.
  2. That has physical existence.
    No one has ever seen a real unicorn because they don't exist.
  3. Having been adjusted to remove the effects of inflation; contrasted with nominal.
    My dad calculated my family's real consumption per month.
    What is the real GNP of this polity?
  4. Relating to the result of the actions of rational agents; relating to neoclassical economic models as opposed to Keynesian models.
  5. Relating to numbers with a one-to-one correspondence to the points on a line.
  6. Relating to immovable tangible property.
    real estate
    real property
  7. That is an exemplary or pungent instance of a class or type.
    This is a real problem.
    Some say he is a real hero.
  8. Genuine, not faked.
    These are real tears!
  9. Genuine, not artificial.
    This is real leather.
  10. Signifying meritorious qualities or actions especially in regards to enjoying life, prowess at sports and success wooing potential partners.
    I'm keeping it real.
that can be characterized as a confirmation of truth
that has physical existence
  • Czech: skutečný
  • Finnish: todellinen
  • French: vrai, vraie
  • German: real
  • Greek: πραγματικός
  • Italian: vero, vera
  • Japanese: qualifier phrase 現実に存在する
  • Polish: realny
  • Portuguese: real
  • Romanian: real, adevărat
  • Serbian: pravi , prava , pravo
  • Swedish: verklig
economics: having been adjusted to remove the effects of inflation
  • Japanese: 実際の; qualifier prefix
economics: relating to the result of the actions of rational agents
mathematics: relating to numbers with a one-to-one correspondence to the points on a line
law: relating to immovable tangible property
that is an exemplary or pungent instance of a class or type
  • Dutch: echt, echte
  • Finnish: oikea
  • French: vrai, vraie
  • German: echt, typisch
  • Italian: vero, vera
  • Japanese: 本当の
  • Portuguese: real
  • Serbian: pravi , prava , pravo
  • Swedish: typisk, äkta, verklig
genuine, not faked
  • Dutch: echt, echte
  • Finnish: aito
  • French: vrai, vraie
  • German: echt
  • Greek: αυθεντικός
  • Japanese: 本物の
  • Polish: prawdziwy
  • Portuguese: real
  • Romanian: real, adevărat
  • Serbian: pravi , prava , pravo
  • Swedish: riktig, äkta
genuine, not artificial
  • Finnish: aito
  • French: vrai, vraie
  • German: echt, wirklich
  • Greek: αυθεντικός
  • Italian: vero, vera
  • Japanese: 本物の
  • Portuguese: real
  • Romanian: real, adevărat
  • Serbian: pravi , prava , pravo
  • Swedish: riktig, verklig, äkta
signifying meritorious qualities or actions
  • Romanian: prea, super
  • Serbian: furam svoj fazon (slang: I'm following my own ethics)


  1. really.
See really


Etymology 2

Portuguese, from regalis, regal


  • : rāäl', /reɪˈɑːl/,/reI"A:l/
  • : rāäl', /ɻeɪˈɑl/, /r\eI"Al/


  1. Former unit of currency of Spain and Spain's colonies.
  2. A unit of currency used in Brazil, and formerly in Portugal.
  3. A coin worth one real.
former unit of currency of Spain and Spain's colonies
  • Bulgarian: реал
  • Dutch: real
  • Finnish: real
  • French: réal
  • Japanese: レアル
  • Swedish: real
a unit of currency used in Brazil, and formerly in Portugal
  • Bulgarian: реал
  • Dutch: real
  • Finnish: real
  • French: réal
  • Japanese: レアル
  • Swedish: real
a coin worth one real

Crimean Tatar


realis - real.


  1. real (that can be characterized as a confirmation of truth; that has physical existence).


Useinov-Mireev 2002}}



  1. That has physical existence.
  2. That is a version of a fact or statistic (especially in economics) that is intended to reflect key fundamental trends.



real (plural: reais)
  1. real
  2. royal


real m (plural: reais)
  1. the real; real number
  2. (plural: reais) currency real


Extensive Definition

Real most often refers to reality, the state of things as they actually exist.
Real may also refer to:

Media and entertainment

Other meanings

, Real is a nickname of the famous soccer team.
real in Catalan: Real
real in German: Real
real in Spanish: Real (desambiguación)
real in Esperanto: Realo
real in French: Real
real in Galician: Real
real in Dutch: Real
real in Japanese: リアル
real in Polish: Real
real in Portuguese: Real
real in Russian: Реал (значения)
real in Simple English: Real
real in Ukrainian: Реал

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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