reality

noun re·al·i·ty \ rē-ˈa-lə-tē \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018
plural realities
1 : the quality or state of being real
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 : 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

Examples of reality in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of reality

1550

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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REALITY Defined for English Language Learners

reality

  • : the true situation that exists : the real situation

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


REALITY Defined for Kids

reality

noun re·al·i·ty \ rē-ˈa-lə-tē \
plural realities
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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