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adjective real pronunciation in American English /riəl/
  1. 1
    existing in the physical world, not just in someone's 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.

  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.

  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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