The difference between Actual and Real

When used as nouns, actual means something actually received, whereas real means a commodity.

When used as adjectives, actual means relating to a person's acts or deeds, whereas real means true, genuine, not merely nominal or apparent.

Real is also adverb with the meaning: really, very.

check bellow for the other definitions of Actual and Real

  1. Actual as an adjective (chiefly, theology):

    Relating to a person's acts or deeds; active, practical.

  2. Actual as an adjective:

    Existing in reality, not just potentially; really acted or acting; occurring in fact.


    "the actual cost of goods; the actual case under discussion"

    "The actual government expenses dramatically exceed the budget."

  3. Actual as an adjective (now, rare):

    In action at the time being; now existing; current.

  4. Actual as an adjective:

    Used as intensifier to emphasise a following noun; exact, very.

  1. Actual as a noun (finance):

    An actual, real one; notably: Something actually received; real receipts, as distinct from estimated ones. A radio callsign modifier that specifies the commanding officer of the unit or asset denoted by the remainder of the callsign and not the officer's assistant or other designee.


    "Bravo Six Actual, this is Charlie One. Come in, over.'' (The radio operator is requesting to speak to the commander of the unit under the call sign "Bravo Six.")"

  1. Real as an adjective:

    True, genuine, not merely nominal or apparent.

  2. Real as an adjective:

    Genuine, not artificial, counterfeit, or fake.


    "This is real leather."

  3. Real as an adjective:

    Genuine, unfeigned, sincere.


    "These are real tears!"

  4. Real as an adjective:

    Actually being, existing, or occurring; not fictitious or imaginary.


    "a description of real life"

  5. Real as an adjective:

    That has objective, physical existence.


    "No one has ever seen a real unicorn."

  6. Real as an adjective (economics):

    Having been adjusted to remove the effects of inflation; measured in purchasing power .


    "My dad calculated my family's real consumption per month."

    "What is the real GNP of this polity?"

  7. Real as an adjective (economics):

    Relating to the result of the actions of rational agents; relating to neoclassical economic models as opposed to Keynesian models.

  8. Real as an adjective (mathematics, of a number):

    Being either a rational number, or the limit of a convergent infinite sequence of rational numbers: being one of a set of numbers with a one-to-one correspondence to the points on a line.

  9. Real as an adjective (legal):

    Relating to immovable tangible property.


    "[[real estate]]; [[real property]]"

  10. Real as an adjective:

    Absolute, complete, utter.


    "This is a real problem."

  11. Real as an adjective (slang):


    "I'm keeping it real."

  1. Real as an adverb (US, colloquial):

    Really, very.

  1. Real as a noun:

    A commodity; see realty.

  2. Real as a noun (grammar):

    One of the three genders that the common gender can be separated into in the Scandinavian languages.

  3. Real as a noun (mathematics):

    A real number.

  4. Real as a noun (obsolete):

    A realist.


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  1. Real as a noun:

    Former unit of currency of Spain and Spain's colonies.

  2. Real as a noun:

    A coin worth one real.

  1. Real as a noun:

    A unit of currency used in Portugal and its colonies from 1430 until 1911, and in Brazil from 1790 until 1942.

  2. Real as a noun:

    A coin worth one real.