What is the meaning of real?


  • Any rational or irrational number.
  • The basic unit of money in Brazil; equal to 100 centavos.
  • An old small silver Spanish coin.


  • 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
  • No less than what is stated; worthy of the name.
    • usage: "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"
  • Not to be taken lightly.
    • usage: "statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems"; "to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real"
  • Capable of being treated as fact.
    • usage: "tangible evidence"; "his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor"
  • Being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something.
    • usage: "her actual motive"; "a literal solitude like a desert- G. K. Chesterton; "a genuine dilemma"
  • Of, relating to, or representing an amount that is corrected for inflation.
    • usage: "real prices"; "real income"; "real wages"
  • 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
  • Of property. ( fixed or immovable)
    • usage: "real property consists of land and buildings"
  • Coinciding with reality."perceptual error... Has a surprising resemblance to veridical perception- F. A. Olafson


  • Used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal.
    • usage: "she was very gifted"; "he played very well"; "a really enjoyable evening"; "I'm real sorry about it"; "a rattling good yarn"
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