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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Recent Examples on the Web

The reality star donated his curls to Locks of Love. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Survivor' Star Joe Anglim Is Unrecognizable After Chopping Off His Hair," 27 May 2019 Though the former reality star only attended traditional public school until eighth grade, that’s not stopping her from pursuing higher education. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "How Chloe Lukasiak Is Moving On From Her 'Dance Moms' Past," 26 May 2019 Faced with a devastating list of injuries, Gentry started to prepare herself for living with the reality of being disfigured. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Nonprofit Face Forward Changes the Lives of Domestic Violence Survivors With Free Plastic Surgery," 26 Mar. 2019 On the more extreme end of the spectrum, a person may completely lose touch with reality during a manic episode. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "This Is What a Bipolar Manic Episode Feels Like," 7 Dec. 2018 And what sort of information can our senses glean about the true nature of reality? Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 With any reality show, producers are there to encourage conversations and ask pointed questions. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "What Amy Roloff Says About Rumors That 'Little People, Big World' Is Fake," 8 May 2019 There has been no shortage of controversy on this season of The Voice, but Tuesday's episode of the reality show was the most dramatic one yet. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Why Did the Top 24 Eliminations on 'The Voice' Cause So Much Controversy?," 1 May 2019 The reality show, called BLACKPINK House, aired in early 2018. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Who is BLACKPINK? Everything You Need To Know About The K-Pop Girl Group Topping Charts," 19 Apr. 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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