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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Recent Examples on the Web

The outgrowth is a GOP that clings to the poles of the party, a reality McCarthy very clearly represents. Tara Golshan, Vox, "How Kevin McCarthy led California Republicans astray," 30 Nov. 2018 It's symbolized by two fish swimming in opposite directions, representing the constant division of Pisces's attention between fantasy and reality. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018 Todd Hoffman, the star and creator of Gold Rush, is launching a reality competition show called Greenhorn Gold, reports Deadline. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "'Gold Rush' Star Todd Hoffman Is Creating a New Reality Competition Show," 28 Oct. 2018 Poverty still impacts much of the population though, and the architects didn’t want to shy away from this reality when designing the 150-room hotel’s luxury interiors. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "At the Nhow Marseille Hotel in France, Italian Furniture and Local Grit Lead the Design," 22 Oct. 2018 As Johnson twirled around the reality TV star studs, Amabile successfully ripped off his tank to reveal his very fit physique, while Kimball couldn't quite get his shirt off. Rose Minutaglio, Good Housekeeping, "Joe Amabile's 'Dancing With the Stars' Guest Jordan Kimball Suffered Hilarious Wardrobe Malfunction," 16 Oct. 2018 My worst nightmare was becoming a terrifying reality. Yasmine Koenig As Told To Liz Welch, Seventeen, "My Mom Took Me Overseas and Forced Me Into Being a Teen Bride," 26 Sep. 2018 The spectacle of the president taking policy advice in the Oval Office from Kim Kardashian, a fellow star of reality TV, might convince Democrats that the demise of Western civilisation feared by Governor Brown is already here. The Economist, "What’s left?To win back power, Democrats must do things that make them uncomfortable," 14 July 2018 But the reality is that trade wars often bring about unintended consequences. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Trade wars are damaging, so why is Trump fighting one with China?," 13 July 2018

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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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