Meaning of “story” in the English Dictionary

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storynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈstɔː.ri/ us /ˈstɔːr.i/

story noun [ C ] (DESCRIPTION)

A2 a description, either true or imagined, of a connected series of events:

Will you read/tell me a story, daddy?
Martha chose her favourite book of bedtime stories.
He writes children's stories.
I don't know if it's true but it's a good story (= entertaining to listen to although probably not true).
She gave me her version of what had happened, but it would be interesting to hear his half/side of the story (= the events as described by him).
Apparently his first words to her were "Will you marry me?" or so the story goes (= that is what people say happened).

B2 a report in a newspaper or on a news broadcast of something that has happened:

The main story in the papers today is the president's speech.

C2 a lie:

He made up some story about having to be at his aunt's wedding anniversary.

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

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storynoun [ C ]

us /ˈstɔr·i, ˈstoʊr·i/

story noun [ C ] (DESCRIPTION)

a description of events that actually happened or that are invented:

There was a news story on television about flooding on the west coast.
My daughter won’t go to bed without hearing a bedtime story.

A story can also be a lie:

Don’t tell me any stories – I want to know what really happened.

story noun [ C ] (LEVEL)

a level of a building:

She lived on the third floor of a seven-story building.

(Definition of “story” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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