Meaning of “reality” in the English Dictionary

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"reality" in British English

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realitynoun

uk /riˈæl.ə.ti/ us /riˈæl.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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(Definition of “reality” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reality" in American English

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realitynoun [ C/U ]

us /riˈæl·ɪ·t̬i/

the actual state of things, or the facts involved in such a state:

[ U ] The reality is I’m not going to be picked for the team.
[ C ] The realities of parenthood were overwhelming at first.
in reality

In reality means what actually happened or what the actual situation is:

He told the police he was out of town, but in reality, he never went anywhere.

(Definition of “reality” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)