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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-choo-uh l]
    • /ˈæk tʃu əl/
    • /ˈæktʃuəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-choo-uh l]
    • /ˈæk tʃu əl/

Definitions of actual word

  • adjective actual You use actual to emphasize that you are referring to something real or genuine. 3
  • adjective actual You use actual to contrast the important aspect of something with a less important aspect. 3
  • adjective actual existing in reality or as a matter of fact 3
  • adjective actual real or genuine 3
  • adjective actual existing at the present time; current 3
  • adjective actual (intensifier) 3

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Origin of actual

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; < Late Latin āctuālis, equivalent to Latin āctu- (stem of action noun āctus; see act) + -ālis -al1; replacing Middle English actuel < Middle French < Latin

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Parts of speech for Actual


actual popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for actual

adj actual

  • certain — If you are certain about something, you firmly believe it is true and have no doubt about it. If you are not certain about something, you do not have definite knowledge about it.
  • substantial — of ample or considerable amount, quantity, size, etc.: a substantial sum of money.
  • definite — If something such as a decision or an arrangement is definite, it is firm and clear, and unlikely to be changed.
  • physical — of or relating to the body: physical exercise.
  • absolute — Absolute means total and complete.

adjective actual

  • real — true; not merely ostensible, nominal, or apparent: the real reason for an act.

adverb actual

  • veritably — being truly or very much so: a veritable triumph.
  • de facto — De facto is used to indicate that something is a particular thing, even though it was not planned or intended to be that thing.
  • in reality — the state or quality of being real.
  • in fact — something that actually exists; reality; truth: Your fears have no basis in fact.

noun actual

  • bona fide — If something or someone is bona fide, they are genuine or real.

Antonyms for actual

adj actual

  • uncertain — not definitely ascertainable or fixed, as in time of occurrence, number, dimensions, or quality.
  • spiritual — of, relating to, or consisting of spirit; incorporeal.
  • counterfeit — Counterfeit money, goods, or documents are not genuine, but have been made to look exactly like genuine ones in order to deceive people.
  • fictitious — created, taken, or assumed for the sake of concealment; not genuine; false: fictitious names.
  • imaginary — existing only in the imagination or fancy; not real; fancied: an imaginary illness; the imaginary animals in the stories of Dr. Seuss.

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