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English

Etymology

Old English actuel, French actuel, [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] actualis, from agere (to do; to act).

Pronunciation

Adjective

actual (not comparable)

Positive
actual

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Existing in act or reality; really acted or acting; in fact; real
    the actual cost of goods
    the actual case under discussion
  2. In action at the time being; now exiting; present.
    the actual situation of the country
  3. Used to emphasise a noun or verb, whether something is real or metaphorical.

Usage notes

  • In some foreign languages actual means “modern”. This meaning sometimes occurs in English written by foreigners, but is nonstandard English.

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Antonyms

Translations

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Noun

Singular
actual

Plural
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actual ({{{1}}})
  1. (finance) Something actually received; real receipts, as distinct from estimated ones.

Catalan

Adjective

actual m. and f. (plural actuals)

Singular
actual m. and f.

Plural
actuals m. and f.

  1. present, current
  2. factual

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Spanish

Adjective

actual m. and f. (plural actuales)

  1. present, current
  2. factual
  3. (philosophy) actual, real

Usage notes

  • actual is a false friend, and does not mean the same as English word actual (real; non-imaginary). Spanish equivalents are shown above, in the “Translations” section of the English entry actual.

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