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
But a simple twist of fate brings a potentially rich opportunity to exploit for a new reality TV show.
And there is the reality that process can become an excuse for inaction, something demonstrated more than once by the Obama administration in Syria.
MIT's Toyota Professor of Robotics Russ Tedrake says the robot revolution is limited by a very mundane reality -- short battery life.
Microsoft Virtual reality and 3D creation were two of the major cornerstones of the Creators Update vision—the reason for its name!—but beyond the new Paint 3D app those features are largely AWOL.
But the sensational images are just that — images, not the reality of most higher education across the country.
Position catastrophe’ masked reality] [OFFENSIVE TACKLE ANALYSIS: Was $55.5 million for Matt Kalil a gamble?]
Austen’s novels were held up as offering sanctuary, a refuge from reality; in her pages readers could find a portrait of England before the fall.
The six nominations for A&E’s Born This Way, last year’s winner for outstanding unstructured reality program.
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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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