reality

noun
re·​al·​i·​ty | \ rē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce reality (audio) \
plural realities

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 reality
b : 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 reality
: in actual fact

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Synonyms & Antonyms for reality

Synonyms

actuality, case, fact, materiality

Antonyms

fantasy (also phantasy), fiction, illusion

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Since then, the reality star and beauty mogul has continued to rally behind the cause, going as far as bankrolling a team of lawyers to help prevent prisoners charged with low-level offenses from doing life behind bars. Sarah Polus, Washington Post, "Kim Kardashian West speaks alongside Trump to announce ride-hailing program for former inmates," 13 June 2019 The move shows how the world’s largest retailer, which sells billions of dollars of goods made in China annually, is incorporating the reality of tariffs into its day-to-day operations. Matthew Boyle, Fortune, "China Tariff Watch: Walmart Sets Price-Increase Strategy With Supplier-Cost Tool," 12 June 2019 The move shows how the world’s largest retailer, which sells billions of dollars of goods made in China annually, is incorporating the reality of tariffs into its day-to-day operations. Matthew Boyle, BostonGlobe.com, "Walmart adjusts to Trump’s tariffs through a price-changing tool," 12 June 2019 Yard sales are notorious for the whole trash-versus-treasure thing, but what about when the junk in question comes from a reality TV star. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'Kate Plus Date' star Kate Gosselin says dating in front of the camera is 'safer'," 11 June 2019 But the reality stars will be making mayhem in a new location this year, settling into a beach house in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al.com, "Look out, St. Petersburg! ‘Floribama Shore’ filming Season 3 in new location," 11 June 2019 Mississippi’s dauntless dance battlers (and reality TV stars) hit Broad Street for one night only. Lauren Mccutcheon, https://www.inquirer.com, "Family fun in Philadelphia: Dinosaurs on the Parkway, zipline at the zoo, JoJo Siwa, Apollo 11 festivities, Cirque," 5 June 2019 From getting in shape to planning the party, the 21-year-old reality star and her fiancé have a lot to do before the big day. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Chrisley Knows Best' Star Savannah Chrisley Opens Up About Her Pre-Wedding Diet Plan," 5 June 2019 From her legal woes and subsequent jail sentence to her intense battle with a rare form of cancer, the reality star hasn’t been shy about sharing her hardships with fans and the public. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Abby Lee Miller Says She 'Wanted to Die' During Her Health Battles," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of reality

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jun 2019

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The first known use of reality was in 1550

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reality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reality

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

reality

noun
re·​al·​i·​ty | \ rē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce reality (audio) \
plural realities

Kids Definition of reality

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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