ADJ. awful, bitter, brutal, cold, grim, hard, harsh, painful, sad, stark We were faced with the awful reality of having nowhere to live. | complex | underlying He has no illusions about the underlying reality of army life. | objective, practical the practical realities of running a children's home | daily, everyday | external Painters at the time were largely concerned with reproducing external reality. | commercial, economic, historical, physical, political, psychological, social the harsh economic realities of life as a student | virtual the use of virtual reality in computer games
VERB + REALITY become One day her dream will become a reality. | make sth It's our task to make the proposals a reality. | accept, confront (sb with), face (up to), get a grip on, grasp, wake up to She will have to face reality sooner or later. I don't think you have quite grasped the realities of our situation! | bear little/no, etc. relation/resemblance to, be cut off/divorced/removed from, be out of touch with, have little/not have much to do with They are out of touch with the realities of modern warfare. Most people's ideas of the disease do not have much to do with the reality. | escape from | deny, ignore | bring sb back to, come/get back to, return to He called for the committee to stop dreaming and return to reality. | distort Most comedy relies on distorting reality. | protect/shelter/shield sb from Her parents always tried to shield her from the realities of the world. | reflect
PREP. in ~ The media portray her as happy and successful, but in reality she has a difficult life.
PHRASES a grasp of reality He has a rather tenuous grasp of reality. | a perception/sense of reality