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Meaning of “history” in the English Dictionary

"history" in British English

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historynoun

uk   /ˈhɪs.tər.i/  us   /-t̬ɚ-/
  • history noun (PAST EVENTS)

A2 [C or U] (the ​study of or a ​record of) past ​eventsconsidered together, ​especiallyevents of a ​particularperiod, ​country, or ​subject: I ​studiedmodernEuropean history at ​college. American history Annie's ​decided to write a history ofelectronicmusic. I only ​asked him for a ​cigarette, but two ​hourslater he'd told me his ​whole life history. [U] informal something that ​happened or ​ended a ​longtime 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 ​totallyirrelevant to the ​currentsituation. "What about Dan - are you still ​seeing him?" "Oh, he's history."

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(Definition of history from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"history" in American English

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historynoun

 us   /ˈhɪs·tə·ri, -tri/
  • history noun (PAST EVENTS)

[C/U] (the ​study of) past ​eventsconsidered together, esp. ​events or ​developments of a ​particularperiod, ​country, or ​subject: [U] I’m taking a ​course in American history. [C] I’m ​reading a history of ​jazz (= a ​book that ​describes the ​development of this ​music).
  • history noun (REPEATED HAPPENINGS)

[C usually sing] something that has been done or ​experienced by a ​particularperson or thing many ​times over a ​longperiod: Our ​family has a history of ​diabetes.
(Definition of history from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"history" in Business English

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historynoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈhɪstəri/
a ​record of past ​eventsrelating to a particular ​person or ​company: This is the 50th ​consecutive month of uninterrupted ​jobgrowth, the ​longest in the nation's history. No one else in the Bank's long history has ​climbed all the way up the ​ladder. When a ​personapplies for a ​bankaccount or ​creditcard, their credit history can be ​tracked. career/​employment/​medical history
a ​record of ​actions or ​events that have ​happened often over a ​period of ​time: a history of sth The ​company has had a history of difficult management-union ​relations.
(Definition of history from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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