1. being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something

    Synonyms : genuine, literal, real
    Examples :
    • her actual motive
  2. presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible

    Synonyms : existent
    Antonyms : potential
    Examples :
    • the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different
    • actual and imagined conditions
  3. existing in act or fact

    Synonyms : factual
    Examples :
    • rocks and trees...the actual world
    • actual heroism
    • the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced
  4. being or existing at the present moment

    Examples :
    • the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West
  5. taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated

    Examples :
    • we saw the actual wedding on television
    • filmed the actual beating


  1. given out in portions

    Synonyms : dealt out, doled out, meted out, parceled out


  1. distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose

    Synonyms : apportion
    Type Of : assign, portion, allot


  1. primitive chlorophyll-containing mainly aquatic eukaryotic organisms lacking true stems and roots and leaves

    Synonyms : alga
    Type Of : protoctist


  1. one who was versed in the practice of alchemy and who sought an elixir of life and a panacea and an alkahest and the philosopher's stone

    Type Of : intellect, intellectual


  1. the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane

    Synonyms : atrociousness, barbarity, barbarousness, heinousness
    Type Of : inhumaneness, inhumanity
  2. an act of atrocious cruelty

    Synonyms : inhumanity
    Type Of : cruelty, inhuman treatment


  1. semisynthetic penicillin (trade names Principen and Polycillin and SK-Ampicillin)

    Synonyms : polycillin, principen, sk-ampicillin
    Type Of : penicillin


  1. inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence

    Synonyms : awful
    Examples :
    • awed by the silence
  2. having or showing a feeling of mixed reverence and respect and wonder and dread

    Synonyms : awestricken, awestruck
    Antonyms : unawed
    Examples :
    • stood in awed silence before the shrine


  1. aroused to impatience or anger

    Synonyms : irritated, miffed, nettled, peeved, pissed, pissed off, riled, roiled, steamed, stung
  2. troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances

    Synonyms : harassed, harried, pestered, vexed


  1. a vestigial process that extends from the lower end of the cecum and that resembles a small pouch

    Synonyms : cecal appendage, vermiform appendix, vermiform process
    Type Of : outgrowth, appendage, process
  2. supplementary material that is collected and appended at the back of a book

    Type Of : addendum, postscript, supplement