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  Dictionary Definition of real

real [1]
1. true (rather than merely ostensible, nominal, or apparent): the real reason for an act.
2. existing or occurring as fact; actual (rather than imaginary, ideal, or fictitious): a story taken from real life.
3. being an actual thing, with objective existence (rather than merely imaginary).
4. being actually such (rather than merely so called): a real victory.
5. genuine; not counterfeit, artificial, or imitation: a real antique, a real diamond, real silk.
6. unfeigned or sincere: real sympathy.
7. Philosophy a. existent or relating to the existent as opposed to the non-existent. b. actual as opposed to possible or potential. c. independent of experience as opposed to phenomenal or apparent.
8. Law denoting or relating to immoveable property of a freehold type, as lands and tenements excluding leaseholds (opposed to personal ).
9. Optics. (of an image) formed by the actual convergence of rays, as the image produced in a camera (opposed to virtual ).
10. Mathematics. of or relating to a real number.
-- adverb
11. Colloquial very.
-- phrase
12. for real, Colloquial a. actual; definite: that overseas trip is for real. b. in earnest: she's trying for real now. c. genuine; sincere: he's for real when he says he loves you.
13. the real, a. that which is real or actually exists. b. reality in general.
14. the real McCoy (or thing ), the genuine article.
[ME, from LL realis, from L res thing, matter]
-- realness, noun