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
For someone with autism, this social situation is an every day reality.
With the recent redesign, some glimmers of political reality are beginning to enter the magazine’s editorial voice.
There are funny clips on how to survive an asteroid strike as well as YouTube hosts showing their reactions to a virtual reality asteroid collision.
Reality is pitching a novel that no editor would buy.
At first, the reality star's lush green lawn and luxury pool will steal all of your attention.
The reality is that there are many individuals who are injured from medical negligence who do not have ‘
Purists like Koch are still grappling with that new reality.
Page noted that the contract is pretty standard in the reality industry.
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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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