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actually adv
1 in actual fact; "to be nominally but not actually independent"; "no one actually saw the shark"; "large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt" [syn: really]
2 used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly; "you may actually be doing the right thing by walking out"; "she actually spoke Latin"; "they thought they made the rules but in reality they were only puppets"; "people who seem stand-offish are in reality often simply nervous" [syn: in reality]
3 as a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis; "actually, we all help clear up after a meal"; "actually, I haven't seen the film"; "I'm not all that surprised actually"; "she hasn't proved to be too satisfactory, actually"
4 at the present moment; "the transmission screen shows the picture that is actually on the air"

User Contributed Dictionary



IPA: WEAE /ˈæk.tʃu.ə.li/


  1. In act or in fact; really; in truth; positively.
    Actually, I had nothing to do with that incident.

Usage notes

In some Romance languages a word of similar spelling means "now" or "currently"; (e.g., Spanish "actualmente", "French "actuellement"). This leads many non-native speakers of English to use "actually" when they mean "now".


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Extensive Definition

Actually is the third album, the second of entirely new music, by the UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys. It was first released in 1987. This album is also the group's second-highest selling album of all time with over 4 million copies sold. The cover image by Cindy Palmano is probably the most famous and "iconic" image of the Pet Shop Boys.


Actually is not much different from Pet Shop Boys' first album, Please in terms of musical style, although production values are noticeably higher.
Actually spawned four UK Top 10 singles: the number one lead-off single "It's a Sin," "Rent," "What Have I Done to Deserve This?," a duet with fellow Parlophone artist Dusty Springfield which peaked at #2 in both the UK and US and led to a major resurgence of interest in Springfield's earlier work; and the duo scored another UK number one in April 1988 with a remixed version of the album's fourth and last single, "Heart."
During this period, the Pet Shop Boys also completed a full-length motion picture called It Couldn't Happen Here. Featuring songs by the duo, it was most famous for containing the video for "Always on My Mind" (starring Joss Ackland as a blind priest), which - while not on Actually - was released as a single during this period.
The period from Actually to Introspective is considered the bands imperial phase, a term now in common usage, by both fans and the Pet Shop Boys themselves.
Actually was re-released in 2001 (as were most of the group's albums up to that point) as Actually/Further Listening 1987-1988. The re-released version was not only digitally remastered but came with a second disc of B-sides, remixes done by the Pet Shop Boys and previously unreleased material from around the time of the album's original release.

Track listing

  1. "One More Chance" - 5:30
  2. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (with Dusty Springfield) - 4:18
  3. "Shopping" - 3:37
  4. "Rent" - 5:08
  5. "Hit Music" - 4:44
  6. "It Couldn't Happen Here" - 5:20
  7. "It's a Sin" - 4:59
  8. "I Want to Wake Up - 5:08
  9. "Heart" - 3:58
  10. "King's Cross" - 5:10

Further Listening 1987-1988

  1. "I want to wake up (Breakdown mix)"
  2. "Heart (Shep Pettibone version)"
  3. "You know where you went wrong"
  4. "One more chance (seven-inch mix)"
  5. "It's a sin (Disco mix)"
  6. "What have I done to deserve this? (Extended mix)"
  7. "Heart (Disco mix)"
  8. "A new life"
  9. "Always on my mind (Demo version)"
  10. "Rent (Seven-inch mix)"
  11. "I want a dog"
  12. "Always on my mind (Extended dance mix)"
  13. "Do I have to?"
  14. "Always on my mind (Dub mix)"


  • Neil Tennant
  • Chris Lowe
Guest musicians

Chart performance

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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