real1 W1S1 [rıəl] adj
2¦(not artificial)¦
3¦(not imaginary)¦
4 the real world
7¦(right qualities)¦
8¦(for emphasis)¦
9 for real
10 are you for real?
11 get real!
12 keep it real
[Date: 1400-1500; : Old French; Origin: Medieval Latin realis 'of things (in law)', from Latin res 'thing']
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 .
4.) the real world
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
5.) ¦(TRUE)¦ [only before noun]
actual and true, not invented
That's not her real name.
What was the real reason you quit your job?
6.) ¦(FEELINGS)¦
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.
7.) ¦(RIGHT QUALITIES)¦ [only before noun]
a real thing has all the qualities you expect something of that type to have
I remember my first real job.
Simon was her first real boyfriend.
8.) spoken ¦(FOR EMPHASIS)¦ [only before noun]
used to emphasize how stupid, beautiful, terrible etc someone or something is
Thanks - you've been a real help.
The house was a real mess.
9.) spoken for real
seriously, not just pretending
After two trial runs we did it for real.
10.) spoken are you for real?
AmE used when you are very surprised or shocked by what someone has done or said
11.) spoken get real!
used to tell someone that they are being very silly or unreasonable
12.) spoken keep it real
to behave in an honest way and not pretend to be different from how you really are
13.) ¦(MONEY)¦ [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 time
a real increase of 6% in average wages
The average value of salaries has fallen in real terms (=calculated in this way) .
real 2
real2 adv AmE spoken
He's real cute.
It was real nice to see you again.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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