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reality

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noun re·al·i·ty \rē-ˈa-lə-tē\

Simple Definition of reality

  • : the true situation that exists : the real situation

  • : something that actually exists or happens : a real event, occurrence, situation, etc.

Full Definition of reality

plural re·al·i·ties

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being real

  2. 2 a (1) :  a real event, entity, or state of affairs <his dream became a reality> (2) :  the totality of real things and events <trying to escape from reality> b :  something that is neither derivative nor dependent but exists necessarily

  3. 3 :  television programming that features videos of actual occurrences (as a police chase, stunt, or natural disaster) —often used attributively <reality TV>

in reality
  1. :  in actual fact

Examples of reality

  1. the difference between fiction and reality

  2. The reality is that we can't afford to buy a house.

  3. He used television as an escape from reality.

  4. They made the plan a reality.



1550

First Known Use of reality

1550




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