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Dictionary definition for: Real

1. (n) any rational or irrational number

2. (a) being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory; "real objects" "real people; not ghosts" "a film based on real life" "a real illness" "real humility" "Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow

3. (r) used as intensifiers; "real" is sometimes used informally for "really" "rattling" is informal; "she was very gifted" "he played very well" "a really enjoyable evening" "I''m real sorry about it" "a rattling good yarn"

4. (n) an old small silver Spanish coin

5. (s) being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something; "her actual motive" "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton; "a genuine dilemma"

6. (s) not synthetic or spurious; of real or natural origin; "real mink" "true gold"

7. (s) not to be taken lightly; "statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems" "to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real"

8. (s) possible to be treated as fact; "tangible evidence" "his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor"

9. (a) being value measured in terms of purchasing power; "real prices" "real income" "real wages"

10. (a) having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary; "the substantial world" "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical" "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare

11. (s) (of property) fixed or immovable; "real property consists of land and buildings; real estate"

12. (s) coinciding with reality; "perceptual error...has a surprising resemblance to veridical perception"- F.A.Olafson

13. (s) founded on practical matters; "a recent graduate experiencing the real world for the first time"

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