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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Just last weekend the first family of reality television got together to celebrate the first birthday of Khloé Kardashian's daughter, True Thompson—complete with a very awkward moment with True's scandal-ridden dad, Tristan Thompson. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "These Photos From Kourtney Kardashian’s 40th Birthday Party Are Wild," 19 Apr. 2019 Courtesy of Everlane Fans of Everlane have been asking for sneakers and now the company has turned everyone's wishes into reality. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Everlane's First-Ever Unisex Sneakers Are Eco-Friendly and Under $100," 18 Apr. 2019 The Voice alum Red Marlow made a surprise return to the reality singing series this week for the final round of Blind Auditions. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Contestant Jackson Marlow Has a Famous Uncle Who You'll Definitely Recognize," 19 Mar. 2019 In changing her name, training with the troops, and disguising herself as a male soldier, Mulan took actions that might be far from reality, but her story is eerily similar to that of a real Mexican heroine: Petra Herrera. Teen Vogue, "Mexican Revolutionary Petra Herrera Posed as a Man to Fight for Her Country," 1 Apr. 2019 But for some, this dream is a stellar, adventurous, and unpredictable reality. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "Travel Influencers Share Their Favorite Things About #VanLife," 29 Mar. 2019 As Adelaide reckons with this reality, she is completely unhinged in a masterful performance from Nyong’o. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Us Offers a Terrifying Vision of Judgement Day," 26 Mar. 2019 That’s a far cry from reality for many women, but for the one in seven dealing with postpartum depression, the new-mother whiplash is much more severe. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "The New Postpartum Depression Drug Zulresso Comes With a Catch," 20 Mar. 2019 Psychosis is a state of becoming detached from reality. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019

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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 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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