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adjective real pronunciation in American English /riəl/
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  1. 1
    existing in the physical world, not just in someones imagination or in stories
    Children believe that these characters are real.
    She had many illnesses, both real and imaginary.
    real live: I had never met a real live pop star before.
  2. 2
    [usually before noun] true and not just according to what someone claims
    We all know the President’s real reason for refusing to speak.
    Her real name is Jane Trent.
  3. 3
    informal complete: used for emphasizing that a description of someone or something is very accurate
    You could tell the guy was a real nerd.
    This walk is a real treat for anyone interested in birds.
  4. 4
    not false or artificial
    Is that a real diamond?
    You’d pay more for real leather.
  5. 5
    most important
    Forget these side issues, and let’s deal with the real issue.
    The real problem is toxic waste and oil slicks.
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  6. 6
    [usually before noun] important or impressive enough to be worth considering or worrying about
    The committee had little real power.
    The trip was difficult, but we were never in any real danger.
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  7. 7
    [only before noun] a real amount or number is one that you get after considering everything that could affect its value
    Real economic growth was measured at 4.5 percent.
    real wages (=the true value of wages): Both prices and wages are rising, leaving real wages unchanged.
  8. 8
    something in a book, movie, etc. that is real seems so much like life that you almost believe it exists
    The battle scenes are frighteningly real.
    Modern computer graphics look so real!



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