real has definitions from the fields of mathematics,economics
1
[ adjective ] being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory

Synonyms

existent

Examples

"real objects" "real people not ghosts" "a film based on real life" "a real illness" "real humility" "Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow

Used in print

(Rocky Mountains News, [Denver, Colorado],...)

It was a real stimulant to a_lot of guys I know who have moved past the 2 - score year milestone .

("Editorials"...)

As the civic temper rises , the more naive citizens begin to play soldier - but the guns are real .

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

Each high note had the crowd in ecstasy so that it stopped the show midway in the `` Mad_Scene '' , but the real reason was a realization of the extraordinary performance unfolding at the moment .

(The Providence Journal...)

Sparrow size Virginia_Gibson , with sparkling blue eyes and a cheerful smile , made a suitably perky Amy , while Melisande_Congdon , as the real aunt , was positively monumental in the very best Gibson_Girl manner .

And little Zeme_North , a Dora with real spirit and verve , was fascinating whether she was singing of her love for Floyd , the cop who becomes sewer commissioner and then is promoted into garbage , or just dancing to display her exuberant feelings .

2
[ adjective ] no less than what is stated; worthy of the name

Examples

"the real reason" "real war" "a real friend" "a real woman" "meat and potatoes--I call that a real meal" "it's time he had a real job" "it's no penny-ante job--he's making real money"

Used in print

(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)

Many people seem hopeful , yet it is difficult to predict whether or not there will be any more real attainment of Christian unity in 1961 than there was in 1861 .

(Clement Greenberg, "Collage" in his Art and...)

( It makes no real difference that Braque 's collage is on_paper and eked_out in charcoal , while Picasso 's is on canvas and eked_out in oil . )

(Arthur Miller, "The Prophecy," in The Best...)

She enjoyed great parties when she would sit_up talking and dancing and drinking all night , but it always seemed to her that being alone , especially alone in her house , was the realest part of life .

Related terms

unreal true proper

3
[ adverb ] intensifiers

Synonyms

very rattling really

Examples

"she was very gifted" "he played very well" "a really enjoyable evening" (`real' is sometimes used informally for `really' as in "I'm real sorry about it" `rattling' is informal as in "a rattling good yarn")

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

`` Everything went real smooth '' , the sheriff said .

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

`` We 're just real happy for the players '' , Coach Bill_Meek said of the 9 - 7 victory over the Air_Force_Academy .

(Mr. America, 4:6...)

Well , sir , they did real great !

`` A real ' nothing ' torso '' , says Henri .

(John Dos Passos, Midcentury....)

She was getting real dramatic .

4
[ adjective ] not synthetic or spurious; of real or natural origin

Synonyms

true

Examples

"real mink" "true gold"

Used in print

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

Command 's new Brahms Second is a major effort to make a record that sounds like a real orchestra rather than a copy of one .

(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)

It is possible , of_course , to work_on extant or projected buildings where either architect or owner will explain their necessities so_that the student may get `` the feel '' of real interior_design demands .

Related terms

genuine

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[ adjective ] not to be taken lightly

Examples

"statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems" "to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real"

Used in print

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

It is this sort of experience that makes the concept of high_fidelity of real musical significance for the home music listener .

(Robert Penn Warren, Wilderness....)

There was , of_course , no real need to rearrange everything .

Related terms

serious

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[ adjective ] possible to be treated as fact

Synonyms

tangible

Examples

"tangible evidence" "his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor"

Used in print

(Randall Stewart, "A Little History, a Little Honesty: A...)

The slaves never shared in their profits , while they did share , in a very real sense , in the profits of the slave owners : they were fed , clothed , doctored , and_so_forth ; they were the beneficiaries of responsible , paternalistic care .

(Frances and Richard Lockridge, Murder Has...)

And know , while all this went_on , that there was no real reason to suppose that the murderer had been a guest in either hotel .

(Richard S. Prather, "The Bawdy Beautiful," Cavalier...)

`` The commercials have just been for money , there has n't been any real incentive for me to do them , but in Underwater_Western_Eye I 'd have a chance to act .

Related terms

concrete

7
[ adjective ] being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something

Examples

"her actual motive" "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton "a genuine dilemma"

Used in print

(William C. Smith, "Why Fear Ideas?"...)

Anyone who tried to remedy some of the most glaring defects in our form of democracy was denounced as a traitorous red whose real purpose was the destruction of our government .

Related terms

true

8
[ adjective ] (economics) being value measured in terms of purchasing power

Examples

"real prices" "real income" "real wages"

Related terms

nominal economics

9
[ adjective ] founded on practical matters

Examples

"a recent graduate experiencing the real world for the first time"

Related terms

realistic

10
[ adjective ] having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary

Examples

"the substantial world" "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical" "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare

11
[ adjective ] coinciding with reality

Synonyms

veridical

Examples

"perceptual error...has a surprising resemblance to veridical perception"- F.A.Olafson

Related terms

realistic

12
[ noun ] (mathematics) any rational or irrational number

Synonyms

real_number

13
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 6342
14
[ adjective ] (of property) fixed or immovable

Examples

"real property consists of land and buildings real estate"

Related terms

tangible

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[ noun ] an old small silver Spanish coin

Related terms

coin

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