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reality

noun uk   /riˈæl.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ə.t̬i/
B2 [S or U] the state of things as they are, rather than as they are imagined to be: The reality of the situation is that unless we find some new funding soon, the youth centre will have to close. He escaped from reality by going to the cinema every afternoon. He seemed very young, but he was in reality (= in fact) older than all of us.B2 [C] a fact: The book confronts the harsh social and political realities of the world today. Her childhood ambition became a reality (= happened in fact) when she was made a judge.
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in Korean 현실…
in Arabic واقِع…
in Portuguese realidade…
in Catalan realitat…
in Japanese 現実…
in Italian realtà…
in Chinese (Traditional) 現實, 實際情況, 事實…
in Russian действительность…
in Turkish gerçek, hakikât…
in Chinese (Simplified) 现实, 实际情况, 事实…
in Polish rzeczywistość…
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