reality Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “reality” in the English Dictionary

"reality" in British English

See all translations

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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of reality from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reality" in American English

See all translations

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)
Translations of “reality”
in Arabic واقِع…
in Korean 현실…
in Portuguese realidade…
in Catalan realitat…
in Japanese 現実…
in Chinese (Simplified) 现实, 实际情况, 事实…
in Turkish gerçek, hakikât…
in Russian действительность…
in Chinese (Traditional) 現實, 實際情況, 事實…
in Italian realtà…
in Polish rzeczywistość…
What is the pronunciation of reality?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

spaceship

(especially in stories) a vehicle used for travel in space

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More