real Definition

  • 1actually existing or happening; not imagined or supposed
  • 2genuine; not imitation or artificial
  • 3very or extremely

Using real: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "real" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The movie is based on a real story.

  • Example

    She gave me a real diamond ring.

  • Example

    I'm in real trouble now.

real Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for real

Idioms Using real

  • used to tell someone that they are not being realistic or that they should try to understand the true facts of a situation


    You can't expect to become a millionaire overnight. Get real!

  • to remain true to oneself and one's values


    She always keeps it real, never pretending to be someone she's not.

  • real McCoy

    the genuine article; the real thing


    This is the real McCoy, not some cheap knockoff.

Phrases with real

  • property consisting of land or buildings


    He made a fortune buying and selling real estate.

  • the actual time during which a process or event occurs


    The data is updated in real time.

  • something or someone that is genuinely good or valuable


    This restaurant is the real deal when it comes to Italian food.

Origins of real

from Old French 'reel', meaning 'actual, true'


Summary: real in Brief

The term 'real' [riːl] describes something that actually exists or happens, as opposed to being imagined or supposed. It can also mean genuine or very/extremely. Examples include 'The movie is based on a real story,' and 'She gave me a real diamond ring.' 'Real' extends into phrases like 'real estate,' and idioms like 'get real,' used to express disbelief or encourage realism.

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