[ ree-al-i-tee ]
/ riˈæl ɪ ti /
noun, plural re·al·i·ties for 3, 5–7.
the state or quality of being real.
resemblance to what is real.
a real thing or fact.
real things, facts, or events taken as a whole; state of affairs: the reality of the business world; vacationing to escape reality.
- something that exists independently of ideas concerning it.
- something that exists independently of all other things and from which all other things derive.
something that is real.
something that constitutes a real or actual thing, as distinguished from something that is merely apparent.
noting or pertaining to a TV program or film that portrays nonactors interacting or competing with each other in real but contrived situations, allegedly without a script: a popular reality show; reality TV.
Words nearby reality
Idioms for reality
in reality, in fact or truth; actually: brave in appearance, but in reality a coward.
OTHER WORDS FROM realityan·ti·re·al·i·ty, adjectivenon·re·al·i·ty, noun, plural non·re·al·i·ties.pro·re·al·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for in reality
/ (rɪˈælɪtɪ) /
noun plural -ties
the state of things as they are or appear to be, rather than as one might wish them to be
something that is real
the state of being real
in reality actually; in fact
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Medical definitions for in reality
[ rē-ăl′ĭ-tē ]
The quality or state of being actual or true.
The totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence.
That which exists objectively and in fact.
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Idioms and Phrases with in reality
Actually, in fact, as in He may seem slow to you, but in reality he's very intelligent. [Second half of 1600s]
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