reality Definition

  • 1the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them
  • 2the quality or state of being real
  • 3a thing that is actually experienced or seen, especially when this is grim or problematic

Using reality: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "reality" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The reality of the situation is that we don't have enough money to buy a new car.

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    The reality of war is often brutal and devastating.

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    The reality of living in poverty is a daily struggle for many people.

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    The reality is that climate change is a serious threat to our planet.

reality Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for reality

Idioms Using reality

  • an assessment or evaluation of the facts or truth of a situation


    We need to do a reality check and see if our plans are realistic.

  • understand and accept the truth of a situation


    It took her a while to grasp the reality of the situation and come to terms with it.

  • engage in activities or behaviors that provide a temporary distraction from the problems or difficulties of everyday life


    Watching movies is his way of escaping from reality and forgetting about his problems.

Phrases with reality

  • accept and deal with the truth of a situation


    It's time to face reality and admit that we can't afford to go on vacation this year.

  • in fact, actually


    In reality, he was never really interested in the job.

  • a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real way by a person using special electronic equipment


    He spent hours playing virtual reality games on his new headset.

Origins of reality

from Old French 'realite', from medieval Latin 'realitas', from Latin 'res', meaning 'thing'


Summary: reality in Brief

The term 'reality' [riˈæləti] refers to the actual state of things, as opposed to an idealized version. It can also refer to the quality of being real or something that is experienced, often in a negative sense. Phrases like 'face reality' and 'reality check' denote accepting the truth of a situation, while 'escape from reality' implies avoiding it. 'Virtual reality' refers to computer-generated simulations of a three-dimensional environment.

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