- 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
- that which exists, independent of human awareness
- the totality of facts as they are independent of human awareness of them
- in reality ⇒ actually; in fact
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- [uncountable] the state or quality of being real.
- a real thing or fact:[countable]had to face some harsh realities about ourselves.
- real things, facts, or events thought of as a whole:[uncountable]reading fantasy books to escape from reality.
- Idiomsin reality, in fact or truth;
- 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.
- in reality, in fact or truth;
actually:brave in appearance, but in reality a coward.
- Medieval Latin reālitās. See real1, -ity