Meaning of ACTUAL in English

ACTUAL

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

1.

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

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

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

= real

ADJ: ADJ n emphasis

2.

You use ~ 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 ~ writing...

in ~ fact: see fact

ADJ: ADJ n emphasis

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