Meaning of “history” in the English Dictionary

"history" in British English

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uk /ˈhɪs.tər.i/ us /ˈhɪs.t̬ɚ.i/

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:

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."

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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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us /ˈhɪs·tə·ri, -tri/

history noun (PAST EVENTS)

[ C/U ] (the study of) past events considered together, esp. events or developments of a particular period, 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).


[ C usually sing ] something that has been done or experienced by a particular person or thing many times over a long period:

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 /ˈhɪstəri/ us

a record of past events relating to a particular person or company:

This is the 50th consecutive month of uninterrupted job growth, 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 person applies for a bank account or credit card, their credit history can be tracked.

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)