1. real number, real, complex number, complex quantity, imaginary number, imaginary

usage: any rational or irrational number

2. real, Brazilian monetary unit

usage: the basic unit of money in Brazil; equal to 100 centavos

3. real, coin

usage: an old small silver Spanish coin


1. real (vs. unreal), existent, actual, actual, factual, objective, documentary, historical, concrete, genuine#1, echt, realistic, sincere

usage: being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory; "real objects"; "real people; not ghosts"; "a film based on real life"; "a real illness"; "real humility"; "Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow

2. real(prenominal) (vs. unreal), proper(prenominal), true(prenominal)

usage: no less than what is stated; worthy of the name; "the real reason"; "real war"; "a real friend"; "a real woman"; "meat and potatoes--I call that a real meal"; "it's time he had a real job"; "it's no penny-ante job--he's making real money"

3. real, serious (vs. frivolous)

usage: not to be taken lightly; "statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems"; "to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real"

4. real, tangible, concrete (vs. abstract)

usage: capable of being treated as fact; "tangible evidence"; "his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor"

5. actual, genuine, literal, real, true (vs. false)

usage: being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something; "her actual motive"; "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton; "a genuine dilemma"

6. real (vs. nominal)

usage: of, relating to, or representing an amount that is corrected for inflation; "real prices"; "real income"; "real wages"

7. substantial (vs. insubstantial), real, material, material

usage: having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary; "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare

8. real, tangible (vs. intangible)

usage: (of property) fixed or immovable; "real property consists of land and buildings"

9. veridical, real, realistic (vs. unrealistic)

usage: coinciding with reality; "perceptual error...has a surprising resemblance to veridical perception"- F.A.Olafson


1. very, really, real, rattling

usage: used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal; "she was very gifted"; "he played very well"; "a really enjoyable evening"; "I'm real sorry about it"; "a rattling good yarn"

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