- 1Existing in fact; typically as contrasted with what was intended, expected, or believed: the estimate was much less than the actual cost those were his actual wordsMore example sentences
- There are actual real live people out there that Blog and I'm going to meet one, How exciting!
- Somewhere in this mass of opinions and actual fact lies the truth about what is actually safe.
- I think maybe to read this blog you have to know the person and know what is going on in the actual real life.
- 1.1Used to emphasize the important aspect of something: the book could be condensed into half the space, but what of the actual content?More example sentences
- All the hype on this one seems to have run ahead of the album's actual content and import.
- As this has happened, the structure of the content, the actual text, has become more important.
- So, the actual content of the cigarette is less important than its function.
- 2Existing now; current: using actual income to measure expected incomeMore example sentences
- This is the gap that exists between the total future market potential and the current actual usage in the market.
- It will need simple but accurate budgets and forecasts to check against actual income and expenditure.
- There is a dispute between the parties as to the actual income of the Respondent.
in actual fact
- Used to emphasize a comment, typically one that modifies or contradicts a previous statement: people talk as if he were a monster—in actual fact he was a very kind guyMore example sentences
- The accused, in actual fact, had not previously been to Cuba.
- Sometimes a customer will ask for a maintenance contract when, in actual fact, they need a lot more.
- Still, I haven't met many people who were kinder and more even-handed, or less racist in actual fact.
Middle English: from Old French actuel 'active, practical', from late Latin actualis, from actus (see act).