reality


reality
noun
1 (U) things that actually happen or are true, not things that are imagined or thought about: She can't tell the difference between fantasy and reality. | Books can be an escape from reality.
2 in reality used to say something is different from what people think: Henry always seems so self-confident, but in reality he's extremely shy.
3 become a reality to actually happen: Marilyn's dream of being a film star became a reality.
4 the reality/realities of what actually happens in a situation, rather than what you think might happen: They were unprepared for the reality of city life. | harsh realities: the harsh realities of unemployment
5 the reality is that used to say that the truth about a situation is very different from what people say: They keep saying we'll get the money, but the reality is that there's none left.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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