› [U] the way things or situations really are and not the way you would like them to be: Listening to music is my escape from reality. Sooner or later you have to face up to reality. He may seem charming but in reality he's actually quite unpleasant.
the reality/realities of sth › the truth about an unpleasant situation: the harsh realities of life
become a reality › to start to happen or exist: New jobs could become a reality by next month. → See also virtual reality