Definition of actuality noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌæktʃuˈæləti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌæktʃuˈæləti//
    (pl. actualities) (formal)
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  1. 1[uncountable] the state of something existing in reality The building looked as impressive in actuality as it did in photographs.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] things that exist synonym fact, reality the grim actualities of prison life
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘activity’): from Old French actualite or medieval Latin actualitas, from actualis ‘active, practical’, from actus ‘event, thing done’, act- ‘done’, from the verb agere, reinforced by the French noun acte.
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