\ ˈrelm How to pronounce realm (audio) \

Definition of realm

2 : sphere, domain within the realm of possibility
3 : a primary marine or terrestrial biogeographic division of the earth's surface

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Examples of realm in a Sentence

new discoveries in the realm of medicine in political and legal realms

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In fact, Ceballos linking up with the Lilywhites is well within the realms of possibility, whilst a move for Lo Celso seems improbable this off-season., "Giovani Lo Celso's Mega Money Move to Tottenham Hotspur '80% Done'," 4 July 2019 Their countrymen Chvrches, also from Glasgow, have been doing something similar in the realm of synth-pop, with big catchy songs about anticipation, romance and regret. John Adamian,, "Chvrches playing Scottish synth-pop at College Street," 28 June 2019 The course has demonstrated creative ways of expressing science, at the same time, a new realm of content has been opened for the declining folk arts of the country—that of science and technology. Bitasta Das, Quartz India, "How I engage students of India’s premier science school in folk arts," 27 June 2019 The companies’ portfolios have some overlap in treatments for brain, women’s health, stomach and other disorders, though the combination would take AbbVie into the new realm of frown-line smoothing, eyelash lengthening and double-chin removal. Dana Cimilluca, WSJ, "AbbVie Strikes Deal to Acquire Allergan for About $63 Billion," 25 June 2019 The project is the biggest step of any major corporation into the emerging realms of digital currency and blockchain technology. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Facebook unveils cryptocurrency 'Libra,' more U.S. troops to Middle East & Jon Stewart: The Morning Rundown," 18 June 2019 With a location, an archive and a camera, researchers expose themselves to whole new realms of inquiry. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Repeat Photography Reveals How Glaciers Change Over Time," 17 June 2019 There is no reference made to the scientific advances made in the last half-century regarding the whole realm of human sexuality. Eloise Blondiau, Vox, "5 trans Catholics on the Vatican’s rejection of their gender identity," 12 June 2019 By positioning itself as a powerful intermediary between the realms of education and government, the College Board has too much control over how the one translates into the other. Annie Abrams, The New Republic, "The College Board Hopes to Profit from “Adversity”," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of realm

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for realm

Middle English realme, from Anglo-French, alteration of Old French reiame, from Latin regimen control — more at regimen

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English Language Learners Definition of realm

: an area of activity, interest, or knowledge
: a country that is ruled by a king or queen


\ ˈrelm How to pronounce realm (audio) \

Kids Definition of realm

2 : field of activity or influence He's important in the realm of law.

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