Definitions of real

  1. being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something; " her actual motive"; " a literal solitude like a desert"- G. K. Chesterton; " a genuine dilemma"
  2. being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory; " real objects"; " real people; not ghosts"; " a film based on real life"; " a real illness"; " real humility"; " Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow
  3. an old small silver Spanish coin
  4. any rational or irrational number
  5. not synthetic or spurious; of real or natural origin; " real mink"; " true gold"
  6. ( economics) being value measured in terms of purchasing power; " real prices"; " real income"; " real wages"
  7. founded on practical matters; " a recent graduate experiencing the real world for the first time"
  8. not to be taken lightly; " statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems"; " to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real"
  9. no less than what is stated; worthy of the name; " 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"
  10. coinciding with reality; " perceptual error... has a surprising resemblance to veridical perception"- F. A. Olafson
  11. being value measured in terms of purchasing power; " real prices"; " real income"; " real wages"
  12. ( of property) fixed or immovable; " real property consists of land and buildings; real estate"
  13. A small Spanish silver coin; also, a denomination of money of account, formerly the unit of the Spanish monetary system.
  14. Royal; regal; kingly.
  15. Actually being or existing; not fictitious or imaginary; as, a description of real life.
  16. True; genuine; not artificial, counterfeit, or factitious; often opposed to ostensible; as, the real reason; real Madeira wine; real ginger.
  17. Relating to things, not to persons.
  18. Having an assignable arithmetical or numerical value or meaning; not imaginary.
  19. Pertaining to things fixed, permanent, or immovable, as to lands and tenements; as, real property, in distinction from personal or movable property.
  20. A realist.
  21. Not imaginary; genuine; true; pertaining to things fixed, as lands or tenements; of property, opposite to personal; as, real estate.
  22. Actually existing: not counterfeit or assumed: true: genuine: ( law) pertaining to things fixed, as lands or houses.
  23. A Spanish and Mexican silver coin, worth about 12½ c.
  24. Actually existing; genuine; true; consisting of lands or houses, as an estate.
  25. Really.
  26. Relating to or consisting of lands, or lands and buildings.
  27. Actually being or existing; net fictitious; true; genuine; authentic; not affected; not personal; pertaining to things fixed, permanent, or immovable, as to lands and tenements. Real action, an action which concerns real property. Real estate, landed property. Real presence, in the Romish and other churches, the presence really and substantially, in the bread and wine of the Eucharist, of the body and blood, soul and divinity of Christ.
  28. A Spanish coin worth about 2 1/ 2d.
  29. Not fictitious or imaginary; true; genuine; permanent or immovable, as real estate- that is, lands and tenements.
  30. A Sp. coin of small value, from about 3d. to 6d. sterling; spelt also rial.

Usage examples for real

  1. There is no real reason why I should not go alone. – Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
  2. Let's start real soon! – Jewel's Story Book by Clara Louise Burnham
  3. It is that she should see the real room again. – Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 by Augustus J. C. Hare
  4. His real name is Higgins. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  5. Neither she nor her mother had yet spoken to us; but while we were going up the stairs, Corny turned to me, as I came up behind her, and said: " Is it a real fire?" – A Jolly Fellowship by Frank R. Stockton
  6. That's the real reason you're going in. – The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays by Various
  7. Why, you're real good! – The Life of Nancy by Sarah Orne Jewett
  8. You are going to say it is not in the woman, the real woman. – The Woman With The Fan by Robert Hichens
  9. They are real to him. – The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey
  10. " I- I'd rather have a real light," said the little girl. – Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue by Laura Lee Hope
  11. It isn't real living. – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  12. I'd like to work on a real paper. – The Secret Pact by Mildred A. Wirt
  13. I want to do things, real things, and be of use. – Eve to the Rescue by Ethel Hueston
  14. I would just love to be in real business. – The-Motor-Girls-on-a-Tour by Penrose, Margaret
  15. And Amory knew just as much about real pawnshops as did Dorothy and Mr. Brimby. – A Crooked Mile by Oliver Onions
  16. Achleitner was my real friend. – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  17. Here's the real thing. – The Young Alaskans on the Missouri by Emerson Hough
  18. We can have a real good time. – Patty's Suitors by Carolyn Wells