Definition of reality
1 : the quality or state of being real
2a (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 realityb : something that is neither derivative nor dependent but exists necessarily
3 : television programming that features videos of actual occurrences (such as a police chase, stunt, or natural disaster) —often used attributively reality TV
: in actual fact
Examples of reality in a Sentence
the difference between fiction and reality
The reality is that we can't afford to buy a house.
He used television as an escape from reality.
They made the plan a reality.
Recent Examples of reality from the Web
The reality factor can make for double-edged entertainment.
Williams said the next step in making the project a reality is an economic impact study to demonstrate the financial value of the idea to local and state government officials.
Buffett Jabs Fund managers elsewhere have already come up against that new reality, after being stung by a mix of mediocre returns, redemptions and critique from heavyweights like Warren Buffett.
But with the nation now tuned into the real president’s every move, many of which are in stark contrast to normal operating procedure, the Underwoods’ thirst for power at any means no longer feel that removed from reality.
Ms. Ufot argued that black people, so inured to the reality of discrimination, were just not as frightened as liberal whites by Mr. Trump.
The NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs are the best reality TV ever.
The jubilant 3,000 or so alums who gathered at the college to watch the results come in were somber by the end of the night, stunned by the realization that the wider world that doesn’t align with the predominant reality at Wellesley.
That honor goes to the first-ever reality TV star and walking billboard for toxic masculinity now running the country.
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First Known Use of reality
REALITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reality for English Language Learners
: the true situation that exists : the real situation
: something that actually exists or happens : a real event, occurrence, situation, etc.
REALITY Defined for Kids
Definition of reality for Students
1 : the way things actually are Our trip is over. Now it's back to reality.
2 : someone or something that is real or actually exists He made his dream a reality.
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