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adjective virtual pronunciation in British English /ˈvɜː(r)tʃʊəl/
  1. 1
    almost the same as the thing that is mentioned

    The company had created a virtual monopoly.

    Business has come to a virtual standstill.

    Over the years they had become virtual strangers.

    The servants rarely leave the house and live like virtual prisoners.

  2. 2
    computing created by computers, or appearing on computers or the Internet

    Students would get their degrees from virtual universities.

    a virtual community

    a virtual pet


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