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adjective real pronunciation in British English /rɪəl/
  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.
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  2. 2
    not false or artificial
    Is that a real diamond?
    You’d pay more for real leather.
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  3. 3
    used for emphasizing that someone or something has the true qualities of a particular type of person or thing
    Few tourists see the real Spain.
    He had no real friends.
    1. a.
      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
    [usually before noun] true and not just according to what someone claims
    We all know the minister’s real reason for refusing to speak.
    Her real name is Jane Trent.
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  5. 5
    [usually before noun] important or impressive enough to be worth considering or worrying about
    The committee had little real power.
    The journey was difficult, but we were never in any real danger.
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  6. 6
    most important
    The real problem is toxic waste and oil slicks.
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  7. 7
    something in a book, film etc that is real seems so much like life that you almost believe it exists
    The battle scenes are frighteningly real.
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    [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%.
    real wages (=the true value of wages): Both prices and wages are rising, leaving real wages unchanged.
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