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"story" in British English

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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 ​connectedseries of ​events: Will you read/​tell me a story, ​daddy? Martha ​chose her ​favouritebook 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 ​althoughprobably 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 ​newsbroadcast 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 ​weddinganniversary.

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  • story noun [C] (LEVEL)

B2 US (UK storey) a ​level of a ​building: a three-story ​house Their new ​house has four stories ​including the ​attic.
(Definition of story from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"story" in American English

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storynoun [C]

 us   /ˈstɔr·i, ˈstoʊr·i/
  • story noun [C] (DESCRIPTION)

a ​description of ​events that ​actuallyhappened or that are ​invented: There was a ​news story on ​television about ​flooding on the ​westcoast. 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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