Definition of real world in US English:

real world


  • The existing state of things, as opposed to one that is imaginary, simulated, or theoretical.

    ‘we live in the real world of limited financial resources’
    as modifier ‘the real-world problems that teenagers face’
    • ‘They aren't talking about the real-world events that occurred in those places 20 years ago, but rather about how those events made them feel.’
    • ‘As a teacher, I'm so sick of the idea that the only good subjects to appeal to teenage readers are books about suicide, divorce, sex, death, and other topics that supposedly evoke the real-world problems that teenagers face.’
    • ‘Only when the regulations have been put through the paces associated with real-world litigation will the full ramifications and impact truly be known.’
    • ‘The show, for the most part, has roots in both the real world.’
    • ‘How is Levitt's thinking applied to real world economic problems?’
    • ‘It's almost like the real world doesn't even exist for these guys.’
    • ‘If you think your marriage does not have economic consequences, then you're not living in the real world.’
    • ‘The legal professionals, and in this I would include the judiciary, operate in the real world.’
    • ‘One of the rules you have for surviving college and getting out into the real world is that the first job doesn't have to be great.’
    • ‘Graphics programmers must have a wide range of tools to permit interactive experimentation and scientific visualization of real-world data sets.’
    • ‘It is quite clear from the local plan that it is shops we want, not restaurants, but we have to live in the real world.’
    • ‘Although absolute vaccine safety is the optimal goal, it is difficult to achieve in the real world.’