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To realize or accept the truth; to be realistic or practical. I hope the government gets real about the homelessness problem and starts taking it seriously. We need to get real about this project and stop coming up with silly pipedreams.
Be realistic, understand what's going on, as in You think you'll win the lottery if you buy one ticket a week? Get real! [Slang; second half of 1900s]
If you tell someone to get real, you mean that they must accept the true facts of a situation. Oh get real, honey. He's never going to marry you.