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re·al·i·ty

 (rē-ăl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. re·al·i·ties
1. The quality or state of being actual or true.
2. One, such as a person, an entity, or an event, that is actual: "the weight of history and political realities" (Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.)
3. The totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence.
4. That which exists objectively and in fact: Your observations do not seem to be about reality.
adj.
Relating to or being a genre of television or film in which a storyline is created by editing footage of people interacting or competing with one another in unscripted, unrehearsed situations.
Idiom:
in reality
In fact; actually.

reality

(rɪˈælɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the state of things as they are or appear to be, rather than as one might wish them to be
2. something that is real
3. the state of being real
4. (Philosophy) philosophy
a. that which exists, independent of human awareness
b. the totality of facts as they are, independent of human awareness of them. See also conceptualism Compare appearance6
5. in reality actually; in fact

re•al•i•ty

(riˈæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being real.
2. resemblance to what is real.
3. a real thing or fact.
4. real things, facts, or events taken as a whole: reading fantasy books to escape from reality.
5. Philos.
a. something that exists independently of ideas concerning it.
b. something that exists independently of all other things and from which all other things derive.
Idioms:
in reality, in fact or truth; actually.
[1540–50; < Medieval Latin reālitās. See real1, -ity]

reality

Whatever is accepted as having objective existence, independent of thought or language.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reality - all of your experiences that determine how things appear to youreality - all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you; "his world was shattered"; "we live in different worlds"; "for them demons were as much a part of reality as trees were"
real life, real world - the practical world as opposed to the academic world; "a good consultant must have a lot of experience in the real world"
experience - the content of direct observation or participation in an event; "he had a religious experience"; "he recalled the experience vividly"
2.reality - the state of being actual or real; "the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him"
actuality - the state of actually existing objectively; "a hope that progressed from possibility to actuality"
fact - an event known to have happened or something known to have existed; "your fears have no basis in fact"; "how much of the story is fact and how much fiction is hard to tell"
irreality, unreality - the state of being insubstantial or imaginary; not existing objectively or in fact
3.reality - the state of the world as it really is rather than as you might want it to be; "businessmen have to face harsh realities"
actuality - the state of actually existing objectively; "a hope that progressed from possibility to actuality"
historicalness - the state of having in fact existed in the past
4.reality - the quality possessed by something that is real
corporality, corporeality, physicalness, materiality - the quality of being physical; consisting of matter
unreality - the quality possessed by something that is unreal

reality

noun
1. truth, fact, certainty, realism, validity, authenticity, verity, actuality, materiality, genuineness, verisimilitude, corporeality Fiction and reality were increasingly blurred.
2. truth, fact, actuality the harsh reality of top international competition
in reality in fact, really, actually, in truth, as a matter of fact, in actuality, in point of fact He came across as streetwise, but in reality he was not.
Quotations
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away" [Philip K. Dick I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon]
"Human kind"
"Cannot bear very much reality" [T.S. Eliot East Coker]

reality

noun
1. The fact or state of existing or of being actual:
2. The quality of being actual or factual:
3. Something having real, demonstrable existence:
Translations
حَقائِق الحَياهحِقيقَه، واقِعوَاقِعواقِعِيَّه
realitaskutečnost
virkelighedkendsgerningrealitet
todellisuusolemassaolo
stvarnost
tényekvalószerûség
raunveruleikistaîreynd
現実実在
현실
stvarnost
verklighet
ความจริง
gerçekgerçek oluşgerçeklik
thực tế

reality

[riːˈælɪtɪ]
A. N
1. (= real world) → realidad f
let's get back to realityvolvamos a la realidad
2. (= fact, truth) → realidad f
the harsh reality of daily lifela cruda realidad de la vida diaria
let's stick to realitiesatengámonos a la realidad
to become (a) realityconvertirse en realidad
in reality (= actually) → en realidad
3. (= trueness to life) → realismo m
B. CPD reality TV Ntelerrealidad f

reality

[riˈælɪti] nréalité f
fiction and reality → la fiction et la réalité
the harsh realities of life → la dure réalité
to face reality → affronter la réalité
the reality is that ... → la réalité, c'est que ...
to become a reality → devenir réalité
in reality → en réalité, en fait reality checkreality check n
to be a reality check for sb, to provide a reality check for sb → ramener qn à la réalitéreality show nreality show mreality TV n (also reality television) → télé-réalité f

reality

n
Wirklichkeit f, → Realität f; to become realitysich verwirklichen; (the) reality is somewhat differentdie Wirklichkeit or Realität sieht etwas anders aus; in reality (= in fact)in Wirklichkeit; (= actually)eigentlich; to bring somebody back to realityjdn auf den Boden der Tatsachen zurückbringen; the realities of the situationder wirkliche Sachverhalt
(= trueness to life)Naturtreue f

reality

:
reality check
n (inf)Augenöffner m (inf); to give somebody a realityjdm die Augen öffnen; he needs a realityman muss ihn mit der Realität konfrontieren, er muss sich mit der Realität auseinandersetzen
reality show
nReality-TV-Show f
reality TV
nReality TV nt; reality show = reality show

reality

[riːˈælɪtɪ] nrealtà f inv
in reality → in realtà, in effetti

real

(riəl) adjective
1. which actually exists. There's a real monster in that cave.
2. not imitation; genuine. real leather; Is that diamond real?
3. actual. He may own the factory, but it's his manager who is the real boss.
4. great. a real surprise/problem.
adverb
(especially American) very; really. a real nice house.
ˈrealist noun
a person who sees, or claims to see, life as it is, without being affected by emotion etc.
ˈrealism noun
ˌreaˈlistic adjective
(negative unrealistic).
1. showing things as they really are. a realistic painting.
2. taking a sensible, practical view of life. I'd like to think we'd sell five of these a day, but it would be more realistic to say two.
ˌreaˈlistically adverb
reality (riˈӕləti) noun
1. that which is real and not imaginary. It was a relief to get back to reality after hearing the ghost story.
2. the state of being real.
3. (often in plural reˈalities) a fact. Death and sorrow are two of the grim realities of human existence.
ˈreally adverb
1. in fact. He looks a fool but he is really very clever.
2. very. That's a really nice hat!
interjection
an expression of surprise, protest, doubt etc. `I'm going to be the next manager.' `Oh really?'; Really! You mustn't be so rude!
real estate
(the buying and selling of) land and houses.
for real
(especially American) genuine; true. He says he's got a new bike, but I don't know if that's for real.
in reality
really; actually. He pretends to be busy, but in reality he has very little to do.

realism,

reality

etc see real

reality

وَاقِع realita virkelighed Realität πραγματικότητα realidad todellisuus réalité stvarnost realtà 現実 현실 realiteit virkelighet rzeczywistość realidade реальность verklighet ความจริง gerçeklik thực tế 真实

re·al·i·ty

n. realidad.

reality

n (pl -ties) realidad f; — testing (psych) prueba de realidad
References in classic literature ?
Aunt Amy was as yet only a name to them, Aunt Beth soon faded into a pleasantly vague memory, but Aunt Dodo was a living reality, and they made the most of her, for which compliment she was deeply grateful.
After the silence and the cheerlessness of life in the Bentley house, she dreamed of stepping forth into an atmosphere that was warm and pulsating with life and reality.
The party had left the low and marshy land of the true jungle, and were among the foothills, though all about them was dense forest and underbush, which, in reality, was as much a jungle as the lower plains, but was less wet.
So in reality it was a mock adventure; the game was fixed for me by chance, as it probably was for many a dragon-slayer.
As the devoted wife of a man who worshiped her, she felt she would take her place with a certain dignity in the world of reality, closing the portals forever behind her upon the realm of romance and dreams.
In order to render their games as like the reality as possible, one of the boldest of their number had conveyed a few brands into some piles of tree-tops that had hitherto escaped the burning.
In another instant he had vanished, as if afraid to trust the reality of his good fortune to the dangers of delay.
But as for the old structure of our story, its white-oak frame, and its boards, shingles, and crumbling plaster, and even the huge, clustered chimney in the midst, seemed to constitute only the least and meanest part of its reality.
A better book than I shall ever write was there; leaf after leaf presenting itself to me, just as it was written out by the reality of the flitting hour, and vanishing as fast as written, only because my brain wanted the insight, and my hand the cunning, to transcribe it.
I could say nothing for a minute, though I felt, as I held his hand and our eyes continued to meet, that my silence had all the air of admitting his charge and that nothing in the whole world of reality was perhaps at that moment so fabulous as our actual relation.
When I was a child, I well remember a somewhat similar circumstance that befell me; whether it was a reality or a dream, I never could entirely settle.
Nor must there be omitted another strange attestation of the antiquity of the whale, in his own osseous post-diluvian reality, as set down by the venerable John Leo, the old Barbary traveller.