• adjective: real and not merely possible or imagined
  • adjective: existing in act and not merely potentially
  • used for emphasis
  • synonyms: real, genuine, certain


  • He looks younger, but he is 'in actual fact' almost 60 years old. [=he is actually almost 60 years old]

  • They signed the agreement in the spring, but the 'actual' sale wasn't made until that summer.

  • You deposit money in a bank account but the 'actual' money is not held there.

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) Who knew we owned salad plates...? For years I have roamed these empty halls. Why have a ballroom with no balls? Finally, they're opening up the gates! There'll be real, actual people It'll be totally strange. But wow am I so ready for this change! For the first time in forever, (..)
    2013 Frozen
  • (..) So he's a bit of a fixer upper, But this we're certain of... You Can fix this fixer upper up with a little bit of love. Can we just stop talking about this?! We've got a real, actual problem here. I'll Say...So tell me dear, Is it the way that he runs scared? Or that he's Socially Impaired? (..)
    2013 Frozen
  • (..) First Officer Skiles? Not this time. I would like to go over the parameters. We'll make them available for the Union. And once the Investigation is complete, we'll be able to share the actual computer simulations For now, they remain confidential. We cannot afford a leak to the press. Good day. (..)
    2016 Sully