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"historical" in British English

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historicaladjective

uk   /hɪˈstɒr.ɪ.kəl/ us   /hɪˈstɔːr.ɪ.kəl/
B1 connected with studying or representing things from the past: Many important historical documents were destroyed when the library was bombed. She specializes in historical novels set in 18th-century England.
used to describe prices, values, etc. in the past: The table compares historical exchange rates for five different currencies.

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historically
adverb uk   /hɪˈstɒr.ɪ.kəl.i/ us   /hɪˈstɔːr.ɪ.kəl.i/
C1 The film makes no attempt to be historically accurate. Historically (= over a long period in the past), there have always been close links between France and Scotland.
(Definition of historical from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"historical" in American English

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historicaladjective [not gradable]

us   /hɪˈstɔr·ɪ·kəl, -ˈstɑr-/
connected with the study or representation of things from the past: The library has an important collection of historical documents.
historically
adverb us   /hɪˈstɔr·ɪk·li, -ˈstɑr-/
Many of the historically accurate costumes created for the show will eventually be in museums.
(Definition of historical from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"historical" in Business English

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historicaladjective

uk   /hɪˈstɒrɪkəl/ us   also historic FINANCE, ECONOMICS
used to describe past prices or values: The company offers real-time and historical information on stocks, options, commodities, futures, indices, and currencies. Historical data show the clear link between income tax rates and the size of domestic government spending.
historically
adverb
In addition to strong yields, growers saw prices at historically high levels.
(Definition of historical from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “historical”
in Arabic تاريخي…
in Korean 역사적인…
in Portuguese histórico…
in Catalan històric…
in Japanese 歴史の, 歴史的な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 历史的, 有关历史的…
in Turkish tarihî, tarihsel, tarihi ilgilendiren…
in Russian исторический…
in Chinese (Traditional) 歷史的, 有關歷史的…
in Italian storico…
in Polish historyczny…
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“historical” in British English

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“historical” in Business English

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