|Origin:||Medieval Latin realis 'of things (in law)', from Latin res 'thing'|
real1 S1 W1
something that is real exists and is important:
There 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.
something that is real is actually what it seems to be and not false or artificial [≠ fake]:
a coat made of real fur
She had never seen a real live elephant before.
Artificial flowers can sometimes look better than the real thing.
something that is real actually exists and is not just imagined:
The 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.
used to talk about the difficult experience of living and working with other people, rather than being protected at home, at school, or at college:
the shock of leaving university and going out into the real world
actual and true, not invented:
true[only before noun]
That's not her real name.
What was the real reason you quit your job?
a real feeling or emotion is one that you actually experience and is strong [= genuine]:
There was a look of real hatred in her eyes.
I got a real sense of achievement when my work was first published.
a real thing has all the qualities you expect something of that type to have:
right qualities[only before noun]
I remember my first real job.
Simon was her first real boyfriend.
used to emphasize how stupid, beautiful, terrible etc someone or something is:
for emphasis[only before noun]
Thanks - you've been a real help.
The house was a real mess.
seriously, not just pretending:
After two trial runs we did it for real.
10 spoken American English
used when you are very surprised or shocked by what someone has done or said
used to tell someone that they are being very silly or unreasonable
to behave in an honest way and not pretend to be different from how you really are
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 time:
money[only before noun]
a real increase of 6% in average wages
The average value of salaries has fallen in real terms (=calculated in this way).