Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: actuel, from Late Latin actualis, from Latin actus; ACT1


ac‧tu‧al S1 W2 [only before noun]
1 used to emphasize that something is real or exact:
I'm not joking. Those were his actual words.
I know Germany won, but I can't tell you the actual score.
Interest is only charged on the actual amount borrowed.
In actual fact (=really), there is little evidence to support the allegations.
! Do not use actual to mean 'at the present time'. Use current or present the current (NOT actual) economic policy.

the actual something

used to introduce the most important part of an event or activity:
The programme starts at 8.00 but the actual film doesn't start until 8.30.

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