realreal1 /rɪəl/ ●●●S1W1 adjective1importantBASIC something that is real exists and is importantThere is a real danger that the disease might spread.We need to tackle the real problems of unemployment and poverty.There is no real reason to worry.2not artificialREAL/NOT FALSE OR ARTIFICIAL something that is real is actually what it seems to be and not false or artificialOPP fakea coat made of real furShe had never seen a real live elephant before.Artificial flowers can sometimes look better than the real thing.► see thesaurus at genuine3not imaginaryREAL/NOT IMAGINARY something that is real actually exists and is not just imaginedThe children know that Santa Claus isn’t a real person.Dreams can sometimes seem very real.Things don’t happen quite that easily in real life.4 →the real world5true [only before noun]REAL/NOT FALSE OR ARTIFICIALactual and true, not inventedThat’s not her real name.What was the real reason you quit your job?6feelings a real feeling or emotion is one that you actually experience and is strongSYN genuineThere was a look of real hatred in her eyes.I got a real sense of achievement when my work was first published.7right qualities [only before noun]REAL/NOT FALSE OR ARTIFICIAL a real thing has all the qualities you expect something of that type to haveI remember my first real job.Simon was her first real boyfriend.SPOKEN PHRASES8for emphasis [only before noun]VERY used to emphasize how stupid, beautiful, terrible etc someone or something isThanks – you’ve been a real help.The house was a real mess.9 →for real10 →are you for real?11 →get real!12 →keep it real13BFPEmoney [only before noun] a real increase or decrease in an amount of money is one you calculate by including the general decrease in the value of money over a period of timea real increase of 6% in average wagesThe average value of salaries has fallen in real terms (=calculated in this way).
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real• You will have realchoice as to how your pensionpayments are invested.• Now that's realcoffee!• Realcommitment is needed from everyone on the team if we're going to make this project work.• Is that a realdiamond?• My new firm gave me the chance to make a real difference.• Jack isn't their real father.• Jane's been a realfriend to me over the years.• Someday, I think, it will evolve into a place with realgolfspirit.• His problems are very real. I don't think you should laugh at him.• In the developed countries the effects have been stagnantwages and high real interest rates.• The real issue is how can we help prevent heart disease?• He sounds like a realjerk.• He's never had a real job.• Sometimes this happens with a fishing style, small improvements, slight changes. but no realleaps forward.• realleather• The house is a realmess.• People call him Baz, but his real name is Reginald.• Marilyn Monroe's real name was Norma Jean Baker.• Are those flowersreal or artificial?• She was clearly in realpain.• When Phil started in Dayton you were watching real people talk about things they were really concerned about.• All of the characters are based on real people.• The noise is becoming a real problem.• So what's the real reason you were late?• He didn't show any realregret for the suffering he had caused.• She's a realtomboy!• This is, of course, just what happens in a real tree.no real• Although it is a close-run thing arithmetically, there seems to be no realbasis for this charge of bastardy.• Second, unlike other wars, there are no realcasualties in this one, but a lot of winners.• It was a confusing situation, no realclues, nothing concrete.• None the less we are twinned with a small town in Hampshire with which we have no realconnection.• There are no real department stores as such, most shops being small and specialized.• So no real number, positive or negative, squares to produce a negative result.• In the case of manifestcontent there is no real problem.• The ulcer was no realsurprise.real live• But hate crimes take place in a real live community, and people need to be aware of that.• To actually see crabsscuttling across the floor and live sponges and even real live fish was astonishing.• Later rather than sooner a real live girl deals with your call in person.• In the Hollywood Canteen, where GIs and gobs were served by real livemoviestars, he was in uniform.• Gordon Beamish was a real liveoptician.• Her relations with the real live Patrick were exactly as before.• She's a real livewire. 2.in real life• Q: Are you a cheerleaderin real life?• Darwin could not be taught in the schools; but a perversion of Darwin could be practiced in real life.• I have made the reflected objects darker, just as they would be if seen in real life.• I only knew it from sepia pictures and it was something I thought I'd never see in real life.• Moving house Moving house in real life can be a great worry to young children.• On TV he plays a teenager, but in real life he's married with two children.• Once, in real life, I was on a boat full of steelworkers, and we sailed through South Chicago.• In a relatively short season of television, Ellen demonstrated what in real life often takes a lifetime.• He has confided that he once told Claudia that in real life people do not go around analysingeverydayrituals.• She's much prettierin real life than she is in this picture.• In real life there's no magicwand to make all our problems disappear.real reason• She went back to the car, a little flushed, knowing her real reason for being there.• For an ugly moment I had been convinced she had guessed the real reason for my avidprofessional interest in Bill Francis.• The real reason for the practice was a genuineshortage of new leads.• I heard the real reason the game on Monday was postponed was because Hunslet ploughed it on Sunday.• This was just an excuse: the real reason they wanted to come was that they very much needed food at home.• But the gift shop is the real reason to stop, with all sorts of condiments, spices and cookbooks for sale.• Basically, she knew the real reason why she shunned the group was because of her shyness.• That was the Judgment of Paris, famed everywhere as the real reason why the Trojan War was fought.in real terms• Local authority expenditure during the 12 years since we took office has risen by 26 percent. in real terms.• Since 1981, the electronics industry had increased output by an average rate of about 14 percent a year in real terms.• The majority of contemporaryitems will probably not appreciate in value to any worthwhiledegree, at least in real terms.• It has risen sharply in real terms, as the hon. Gentleman knows only too well.• The budgets for federal law enforcement and tax collection would both be down more than 10 percent in real terms by 2002.• The university and polytechniclibraries now spend probably more in real terms on library guides than they ever did.• Pensions have increased in real terms over the last twenty years, but not as fast as real personal disposableincomes.• In real terms, U.S. foreignaid has dropped by 30%.realreal2 ●●●S2 adverb American English spokenVERYveryHe’s real cute.It was real nice to see you again.
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real• Maybe I just twisted it real bad.• I remember all this part real clear.• He got up real close to the bear and took a picture.• Carla's little boy is realcute.• You got to get a permit for those, and the permits are realexpensive, okay?• This was real good of you, Clarence.• I tried to pray, real hard I tried.• I felt something real heavy on my chest.• He was realsensitive during the dinner, and so was Ann.• I think it was realsweet that she called me herself.• I know my kids real well.• The sidewalk was realwet and slippery.From King Business Dictionaryrealreal /rɪəl/ adjectivereal earnings/profits/value etcECONOMICSearnings etc that are calculated after including in the calculation the effects of inflationTheir data show that average real earnings of men aged 20-40 in 1987 were lower than in 1974.Originreal1(1400-1500)Old FrenchMedieval Latinrealis“of things (in law)”, from Latinres“thing”