reality

noun
re·​al·​i·​ty | \ rē-ˈa-lə-tē \
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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For instance, Ruth uses chess pieces scattered about the house to anchor her in reality, a detail inspired by Shaw and his sister going through their mother's belongings and recognizing the talisman-like nature of a loved one's personal effects. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2018: Our favorite shows and binges," 24 Dec. 2018 But the reality is, alcohol can actually make your anxiety and depression worse, since booze is a depressant. Claire Gillespie, Glamour, "Self-Care Only Worked for Me When I Got Sober," 22 Dec. 2018 The reality is that Mattis or no Mattis, Trump is the president, and Trump says and does wildly inappropriate things all the time. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "There never were any “adults in the room”," 21 Dec. 2018 But the reality of the situation is that meditation’s tough stuff, and most of us need to get by with a little help from our friends in the technology department, which is why a membership to a meditation app is such a great experiential gift. Annie Daly, SELF, "7 Wellness Experiences That Are Excellent Last-Minute Gift Ideas," 21 Dec. 2018 Trump has a tendency to view his presidency as a reality television show where what’s important are storylines, confrontations, and plot twists. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Trump doesn’t want the wall. He wants a fight about the wall.," 12 Dec. 2018 The reality, though, is that Microsoft has only a handful of services that consumers will be willing to pay for, and many of those involve the Xbox. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "A Microsoft 365 subscription for consumers wouldn't work without the Xbox," 12 Dec. 2018 As the eldest son of Matt and Amy Roloff, Jeremy Roloff has been featured on Little People, Big World since the TLC reality show premiered in 2006. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "So, What Exactly Does Jeremy Roloff Do for a Living?," 16 Nov. 2018 Amazon’s Bachelor for Business reality show is over. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "We freaked out over Amazon’s HQ2 search. But it turned out to be for all the wrong reasons," 13 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'reality.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of reality

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
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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