Meaning of REAL in English

REAL

/ ˈriːəl; NAmE ; BrE usually rɪəl/ adjective , adverb

■ adjective

EXISTING / NOT IMAGINED

1.

actually existing or happening and not imagined or pretended :

It wasn't a ghost; it was a real person.

pictures of animals, both real and mythological

In the movies guns kill people instantly, but it's not like that in real life .

Politicians seem to be out of touch with the real world .

The growth of violent crime is a very real problem.

There's no real possibility of them changing their minds.

We have a real chance of success.

TRUE / GENUINE

2.

genuine and not false or artificial :

Are those real flowers?

real leather

3.

[ only before noun ] actual or true, rather than what appears to be true :

Tell me the real reason.

Bono's real name is Paul Hewson.

See the real Africa on one of our walking safaris.

I couldn't resist the opportunity to meet a real live celebrity.

4.

[ only before noun ] having all the important qualities that it should have to deserve to be called what it is called :

She never had any real friends at school.

his first real kiss

I had no real interest in politics.

He was making a real effort to be nice to her.

She has not shown any real regret for what she did.

FOR EMPHASIS

5.

[ only before noun ] used to emphasize a state or quality :

He looks a real idiot.

This accident could have produced a real tragedy.

Her next play was a real contrast.

MONEY / INCOME

6.

[ only before noun ] when the effect of such things as price rises on the power of money to buy things is included in the sums :

Real wage costs have risen by 10% in the past year.

This represents a reduction of 5% in real terms .

IDIOMS

- for real

- get real!

- keep it real

- the real thing

—more at McCoy , power noun

■ adverb

( NAmE , ScotE , informal ) very :

That tastes real good.

He's a real nice guy.

I'm real sorry.

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English (as a legal term meaning relating to things, especially real property ): from Anglo-Norman French , from late Latin realis , from Latin res thing.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.