- existing in act or fact; real: an actual case of heroism; actual expenses.
- existing now; present; current: The ship's actual position is 22 miles due east of Miami.
- Obsolete. pertaining to or involving acts or action.
Origin of actual
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Examples from the Web for actual
Not actual CIA agents, but U.S. government personnel who have worked very closely with the CIA, and who are fans of the show.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
They are not the actual traffickers, Yazbek says, so generally the other refugees protect their identity.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
Texas offers not just place to its actual or potential new residents, but professional possibilities.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
But to see any actual smooching, fans had to take matters into their own .Yep, Korra and Asami Went in the Spirit Portal and Probably Kissed
December 25, 2014
It may well be that RevolutionWear is going to find out the hard way that it takes more than money to start an actual revolution.Would You Pay $100 For a 50 Cent Bulge? Men’s Undies Get Expensive
December 23, 2014
He waited an eternity; in actual time it was exactly ten minutes.Way of the Lawless
Yet, I repeat, man is potentially a man, however far he may be from actual manhood.Weighed and Wanting
In more than one case, we seem to detect an actual portrait.De Libris: Prose and Verse
And always they brought their theology to the test of actual life.Understanding the Scriptures
Indeed there is no reason that an actual economy should not be effected.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- existing in reality or as a matter of fact
- real or genuine
- existing at the present time; current
- (usually preceded by your) British informal, often facetious (intensifier)that music's by your actual Mozart, isn't it?
Word Origin and History for actual
early 14c., "pertaining to an action," from Old French actuel "now existing, up to date" (13c.), from Late Latin actualis "active, pertaining to action," adjectival form of Latin actus (see act (n.)). The broader sense of "real, existing" (as opposed to potential, ideal, etc.) is from late 14c.