Meaning of ACTUAL in English

ACTUAL

transcription, транскрипция: [ æktʃuəl ]

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

You use actual to emphasize that you are referring to something real or genuine.

The segments are filmed using either local actors or the actual people involved...

Officials admit the actual number of AIDS victims is much higher than statistics reflect.

= real

ADJ : ADJ n [ emphasis ]

2.

You use actual to contrast the important aspect of something with a less important aspect.

She had compiled pages of notes, but she had not yet gotten down to doing the actual writing...

ADJ : ADJ n [ emphasis ]

3.

in actual fact: see fact

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