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noun reality pronunciation in British English /riˈæləti/ 
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pluralrealities
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the real character or nature of things, not what you imagine or think is possible

    He is no longer able to differentiate between fantasy and reality.

    a distorted sense of reality

    face (up to)/accept reality:

    What she had to do, finally, was face reality.

    bear no relation to reality (=be not at all like the real situation):

    Her version of events bore absolutely no relation to reality.

    lose touch with reality:

    This is a man who has lost touch with reality.

  2. 2
    [countable] a fact, event, or situation as it really exists
    reality of:

    the grim realities of war

    become a reality:

    After years of hard work, his dream has become a reality.

    out of touch with the reality/realities of something (=not realizing what something is really like):

    Our politicians are completely out of touch with the realities of the situation.

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