[ UK /ˈækt‍ʃuːə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˈækʃəɫ, ˈæktʃəwəɫ/ ]
  1. being or existing at the present moment
    the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West
  2. being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
    her actual motive
    a genuine dilemma
    a literal solitude like a desert
  3. existing in act or fact
    the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced
    rocks and trees...the actual world
    actual heroism
  4. presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible
    the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different
    actual and imagined conditions
  5. taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated
    filmed the actual beating
    we saw the actual wedding on television
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How To Use actual In A Sentence

  • This proposed procurement is a continuation of an existing contractual agreement for the developed prototype NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community (NSAVC) web site. ... Curious Virtual Community Procurement - NASA Watch
  • You do an estimate, and then it might cost a little bit more when you actually do the job.
  • A little bit overcast is actually a lot better than a sunny sky for us out there," Miller said. NHL players excited to go outdoors in Buffalo's chill
  • Said hi also to a few of the guys from Aereogramme after they'd finished up, but wasn't actually sure of who was there from Chemikal Underground or what they look like, so I was basically floating around and looking glaikit until Mags pointed out the Newsnight crew, and the nice interviewer man figured out who I was. Archive 2007-02-01
  • Failing to detain him could actually amount to abuse. The Sun
  • One afternoon, I grew bored and actually fell asleep for a few minutes.
  • When things break, it's not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It's because a little piece gets lost - the two remaining ends couldn't fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed. John Green 
  • Actually it's we that owe you a lot.
  • In the absence of actual selfie evidence, let me provide a few snapshots. Times, Sunday Times
  • In most island arcs only a relatively small proportion of the individual volcanoes actually rise above sea level.
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