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noun uk   us   /ˈfɪk.ʃən/
B1 [U] the type of book or story that is written about imaginary characters and events and not based on real people and facts: The book is a work of fiction and not intended as a historical account. a writer of children's fictionC1 [C or U] a false report or statement that you pretend is true: [+ that] At work she kept up the fiction that she had a university degree. When he's telling you something, you never know what's fact and what's fiction.
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