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  1. re·al·i·ty
    IPA[rēˈalədē]
  2. noun

    • 1. the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them:

      he refuses to face reality Laura was losing touch with reality
      Synonym : the real world, real life, actuality, truth, physical existence, corporeality, substantiality, materiality
    • 2. a thing that is actually experienced or seen, especially when this is grim or problematic:

      the harsh realities of life in a farming community the law ignores the reality of the situation
      Synonym : fact, actuality, truth, verity
    • 3. a thing that exists in fact, having previously only existed in one's mind:

      the paperless office may yet become a reality
    • 4. the quality of being lifelike or resembling an original:

      the reality of Marryat's detail
    • 5. relating to reality TV:

      a reality show
    • 6. the state or quality of having existence or substance:

      youth, when death has no reality
    • 7. existence that is absolute, self-sufficient, or objective, and not subject to human decisions or conventions.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: reality, plural noun: realities

    • noun

      the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them:

      a thing that is actually experienced or seen, especially when this is unpleasant:

    • in actual fact (used to contrast a false idea of what is true or possible with one that is more accurate)
    • noun

      a television program in which ordinary people are continuously filmed, designed to be entertaining rather than informative:
    • noun

      the computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors.
    • noun

      an occasion on which one is reminded of the state of things in the real world:
    • noun

      the objective evaluation of an emotion or thought against real life, as a faculty present in normal individuals but defective in psychotics:
    • noun

      the ego's control of the pleasure-seeking activity of the id in order to meet the demands of the external world.
    • noun

      television programs in which real people are continuously filmed, designed to be entertaining rather than informative.
    • noun

      a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.
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