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history

noun uk   /ˈhɪs.tər.i/ us    /-t̬ɚ-/

history noun (PAST EVENTS)

A2 [C or U] (the study of or a record of) past events considered together, especially events of a particular period, country, or subject: I studied modern European history at college. American history Annie's decided to write a history of electronic music. I only asked him for a cigarette, but two hours later he'd told me his whole life history. [U] informal something that happened or ended a long time ago and is not important now, or a person who is not important now, although they were in the past: Last year's report is ancient history and totally irrelevant to the current situation. "What about Dan - are you still seeing him?" "Oh, he's history."

history noun (PARTICULAR RECORD)

C1 [C usually singular] something that has been done or experienced by a particular person or thing repeatedly over a long period: Her family has a history of heart problems. There's a long history of industrial disputes at the factory. He has a good credit history (= a good record of paying money that he owes).
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