virtual Definition

  • 1almost or nearly as described, but not completely or according to strict definition
  • 2done, seen, or existing on a computer or the internet; not physically present

Using virtual: Examples

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

  • Example

    The company has a virtual monopoly in its market.

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    Virtual reality technology is becoming more and more advanced.

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    He has a virtual library of books on his computer.

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    The team held a virtual meeting to discuss the project.

virtual Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with virtual

  • a digital assistant that can perform tasks or services for an individual, often using voice recognition technology


    I use a virtual assistant to set reminders and make phone calls for me.

  • education that takes place online or through digital resources, rather than in a traditional classroom setting


    Due to the pandemic, many schools have switched to virtual learning.

  • a simulation of an existing location, usually composed of a sequence of videos or still images


    The museum offers a virtual tour of its exhibits on its website.

Origins of virtual

from Medieval Latin 'virtualis', meaning 'potential'


Summary: virtual in Brief

The term 'virtual' [ˈvəːtʃʊəl] describes something that is almost as described, but not completely or according to strict definition. It can also refer to things that exist on a computer or the internet, rather than in physical reality. Examples include 'virtual reality technology' and 'virtual meetings.' Phrases like 'virtual assistant' and 'virtual learning' are also common.

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