1. [ adjective ] being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory
Synonyms: existent

"real objects" "real people not ghosts" "a film based on real life" "a real illness" "real humility" "Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow

Related terms: unreal actual historical actual realistic concrete genuine sincere reality
2. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: unreal true proper
3. [ adverb ] intensifiers
Synonyms: very rattling really

"she was very gifted" "he played very well" "a really enjoyable evening" (`real' is sometimes used informally for `really' as in "I'm real sorry about it" `rattling' is informal as in "a rattling good yarn")

4. [ adjective ] not synthetic or spurious; of real or natural origin
Synonyms: true

"real mink" "true gold"

Related terms: genuine
5. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: serious
6. [ adjective ] possible to be treated as fact
Synonyms: tangible

"tangible evidence" "his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor"

Related terms: concrete
7. [ adjective ] being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
Synonyms: literal actual genuine

"her actual motive" "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton "a genuine dilemma"

Related terms: true
8. [ adjective ] (economics) being value measured in terms of purchasing power

"real prices" "real income" "real wages"

Related terms: nominal economics
9. [ adjective ] founded on practical matters

"a recent graduate experiencing the real world for the first time"

Related terms: realistic
10. [ adjective ] having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary
Synonyms: material substantial

"the substantial world" "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical" "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare

Related terms: insubstantial material substantiality
11. [ adjective ] coinciding with reality
Synonyms: veridical

"perceptual error...has a surprising resemblance to veridical perception"- F.A.Olafson

Related terms: realistic
12. [ noun ] (mathematics) any rational or irrational number
Synonyms: real_number
Related terms: complex_number irrational_number rational_number scalar_product
13. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 6342
14. [ adjective ] (of property) fixed or immovable

"real property consists of land and buildings real estate"

Related terms: tangible
15. [ noun ] an old small silver Spanish coin
Related terms: coin
Similar spelling:   Reali