real

Something real is genuine. If you inherit some jewelry, you'll have to take it to an expert to know if those diamonds are real or just cubic zirconia, which looks like a diamond but isn't worth nearly as much.

That seven footed monster your big brother used to tell you frightening stories about isn't real, and neither, sorry to say, is Santa Claus, because to be real, something has to actually exist. Real has roots in the Latin word res, meaning "thing." We also use real to mean "significant," like when we say something is a real problem, or when we say we're really, truly sorry about something. In old Spain or Brazil, a real is a coin.

Primary Meanings of real

1.
adjn
being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory
any rational or irrational number
2.
adj
(of property) fixed or immovable
3.
adv
used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal
4.
n
the basic unit of money in Brazil; equal to 100 centavos
Full Definitions of real
1

adj being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory

real objects”
real people”
“a film based on real life”
“a real illness”
real humility”
“"Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow”
Synonyms:
existent
concrete
capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary
echt, genuine
not fake or counterfeit
actual
taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated
actual, factual
existing in act or fact
documentary, objective
emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings, insertion of fictional matter, or interpretation
historical
having once lived or existed or taken place in the real world as distinct from being legendary
realistic
aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are
sincere
open and genuine; not deceitful
Antonyms:
unreal
lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria
counterfeit, imitative
not genuine; imitating something superior
artificial, unreal
contrived by art rather than nature
supernatural
not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material
dreamed
conceived of or imagined or hoped for
envisioned, pictured, visualised, visualized
seen in the mind as a mental image
eye-deceiving, trompe-l'oeil
creating the illusion of seeing reality
fabled, legendary
celebrated in fable or legend
fabricated, fancied, fictional, fictitious
formed or conceived by the imagination
fabulous, mythic, mythical, mythologic, mythological
based on or told of in traditional stories; lacking factual basis or historical validity
fanciful, imaginary, notional
not based on fact; unreal
fantastic, fantastical
existing in fancy only
hallucinatory
characterized by or characteristic of hallucination
illusional, illusionary
marked by or producing illusion
illusive, illusory
based on or having the nature of an illusion
make-believe, pretend
imagined as in a play
unrealistic
not realistic
insincere
lacking sincerity
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adj being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something

Synonyms:
actual, genuine, literal
true
consistent with fact or reality; not false

adj coinciding with reality

Synonyms:
veridical
realistic
aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are

adj no less than what is stated; worthy of the name

“the real reason”
real war”
“a real friend”
“a real woman”
“meat and potatoes--I call that a real meal”
“it's time he had a real job”
“it's no penny-ante job--he's making real money”
Synonyms:
proper
having all the qualities typical of the thing specified
true
rightly so called
Antonyms:
unreal
not actually such; being or seeming fanciful or imaginary
deceptive, delusory
causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe what is true
dreamlike, surreal
resembling a dream
phantom
something apparently sensed but having no physical reality
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adj 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
Synonyms:
serious
concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities

adj capable of being treated as fact

“his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor”
Synonyms:
tangible
concrete
capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary

adj having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary

Synonyms:
material, substantial
material
derived from or composed of matter
Antonyms:
insubstantial, unreal, unsubstantial
lacking material form or substance; unreal
aerial, aeriform, aery, airy, ethereal
characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air
shadowy, wraithlike
lacking in substance
stringy
consisting of or containing string or strings
immaterial, nonmaterial
not consisting of matter
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adj of, relating to, or representing an amount that is corrected for inflation

real prices”
real income”
real wages”
Antonyms:
nominal
of, relating to, or characteristic of an amount that is not adjusted for inflation

n any rational or irrational number

Synonyms:
real number
Types:
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dot product, inner product, scalar product
a real number (a scalar) that is the product of two vectors
rational, rational number
an integer or a fraction
irrational, irrational number
a real number that cannot be expressed as a rational number
transcendental number
an irrational number that is not algebraic
algebraic number
root of an algebraic equation with rational coefficients
fraction
the quotient of two rational numbers
Type of:
complex number, complex quantity, imaginary, imaginary number
(mathematics) a number of the form a+bi where a and b are real numbers and i is the square root of -1
2

adj (of property) fixed or immovable

real property consists of land and buildings”
Synonyms:
tangible
(of especially business assets) having physical substance and intrinsic monetary value
3

adv used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal

“I'm real sorry about it”
Synonyms:
rattling, really, very
4

n the basic unit of money in Brazil; equal to 100 centavos

Type of:
Brazilian monetary unit
monetary unit in Brazil

n an old small silver Spanish coin

Type of:
coin
a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money

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