Definition of 'actual'
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The way you conducted yourself did cause actual and real distress. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Not in actual real life. The Sun (2016)The actual number may therefore be much higher,' a spokesman for the service said. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The actual cost is less because some days have been so busy that the reward was halved. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Yet public perceptions about immigration do not match the actual numbers coming here. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It could prove a helpful halfway step for them toward actual reality. The Sun (2012)This was a case in which the actual facts appeared unlikely to be in dispute. Times, Sunday Times (2007)His issue is less the actual tackling and more the timing of his interventions from the wing. Times, Sunday Times (2016)With the actual kit on the actual pegs and the actual numbers on the back. The Sun (2010)This is a case in which the actual facts appear unlikely to be in dispute at all. Times, Sunday Times (2007)And why are actual politicians becoming less and less effective? Times, Sunday Times (2013)The actual number who stayed at home? Times, Sunday Times (2016)The actual number of classes to be considered is primarily a matter of data availability. Competing in a Global Economy (1990)The fact that actual slum conditions continue to exist at all is an indictment of the housing situation. Introduction to Social Administration in Britain (1990) Real documents detailing actual cash transfers. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But the actual issues are real. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The actual situation is less dramatic. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It's holding us back from turning genuine enquiries into actual sales. The Sun (2009)With this view of the world, we fail to accept the actual reality of evil. Christianity Today (2000) Real names of actual people, people preferably paying tax. The Sun (2014)Match your self-esteem to the actual reality of your work. The Secrets of Musical Confidence (1994)Now the problem In actual fact matters are not always so straightforward. The Allergy Handbook (1988)For all the time we spend on social media, our actual ties with real people are loosening. Times, Sunday Times (2015)I simply do not think his image matches the actual reality of his legacy. Times, Sunday Times (2014)You feel the actual reality of the situation and get to know the victims, which inevitably makes it more emotionally difficult in places. The Sun (2013)There were landscape painters in China in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries but these artists didn't paint pictures of actual places either. Improve Your Landscape Painting
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Translations for 'actual'
British English: actual /ˈæktʃʊəl/ ADJECTIVE
Actual is used to emphasize that you are referring to something real or genuine.
The actual number of victims is higher than statistics suggest.
- American English: actual
- Arabic: فِعْلِيّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: real
- Chinese: 实际的
- Croatian: stvaran
- Czech: skutečný
- Danish: faktisk
- Dutch: daadwerkelijk
- European Spanish: real
- Finnish: varsinainen
- French: réel
- German: wirklich
- Greek: πραγματικός
- Italian: reale
- Japanese: 実際の
- Korean: 실제의
- Norwegian: faktisk
- Polish: rzeczywisty
- European Portuguese: real
- Romanian: real
- Russian: фактический
- Spanish: real que existe
- Swedish: faktisk
- Thai: ที่จริง
- Turkish: gerçek
- Ukrainian: дійсний
- Vietnamese: thực sự
Definition of actual from the Collins English Dictionary
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