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Definitions of history

  1. a record or narrative description of past events; " a history of France"; " he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president"; " the story of exposure to lead"
  2. the continuum of events occurring in succession leading from the past to the present and even into the future; " all of human history"
  3. the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings; " he teaches Medieval history"; " history takes the long view"
  4. all that is remembered of the past as preserved in writing; a body of knowledge; " the dawn of recorded history"; " from the beginning of history"
  5. the aggregate of past events; " a critical time in the school's history"
  6. A learning or knowing by inquiry; the knowledge of facts and events, so obtained; hence, a formal statement of such information; a narrative; a description; a written record; as, the history of a patient's case; the history of a legislative bill.
  7. A systematic, written account of events, particularly of those affecting a nation, institution, science, or art, and usually connected with a philosophical explanation of their causes; a true story, as distinguished from a romance; -- distinguished also from annals, which relate simply the facts and events of each year, in strict chronological order; from biography, which is the record of an individual's life; and from memoir, which is history composed from personal experience, observation, and memory.
  8. To narrate or record.
  9. An account of past facts and events affecting one or more nations, etc., arranged in the order of their occurrence; the branch of knowledge that studies and explains such facts.
  10. An account of an event: a systematic account of the origin and progress of a nation: the knowledge of facts, events, etc.
  11. Historic, historical.
  12. Systematic account of events.
  13. A systematic record of past events; past events in general.
  14. An account of facts or events, especially in the life- development of men and nations, in the order in which they happened, with their causes and effects; a narration of facts; a knowledge of facts.
  15. A systematic account of facts and events, particularly those affecting nations or states; a narration of past events.
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Usage examples for history

  1. Of his mother's history he can hardly be said to have known anything. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  2. " I bring you history – Earthsmith by Milton Lesser
  3. Eh, and let's think back a bit, just a wee bit, into history – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  4. Tooke in his History of Prices. – The Value of Money by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  5. What was the man's history – A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest by Amelia B. Edwards
  6. You'll find plenty of history about here, Betty. – John and Betty's History Visit by Margaret Williamson
  7. I have come to such a pass in my life's history that, one way or another, I can't avoid it. – The Truants by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  8. Must you read Macaulay's History Cassandra? – Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
  9. His History is now little read. – Specimens with Memoirs of the Less-known British Poets, Vol. 3 by George Gilfillan
  10. If you do it'll be the first time in history – Over the Line by Harold M. Sherman
  11. Can any person without a history be interesting? – The Flight of the Shadow by George MacDonald
  12. They are too busy making history to talk about it. – The Canadian Commonwealth by Agnes C. Laut
  13. This book has a history – Cosmopolis, Complete by Paul Bourget Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  14. " It is a curious fact in natural history – Menhardoc by George Manville Fenn
  15. Such is the history of my life, Philip. – The Phantom Ship by Captain Frederick Marryat
  16. The history of your country is their history – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  17. On this bed I read the history of the year. – Garden-Craft Old and New by John D. Sedding
  18. He goes by the name of 'Peter, ' but nothing is known of his real name or history – At the Time Appointed by A. Maynard Barbour
  19. I will try to explain to her their names and history – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  20. Of private history There was the usual visit to Playford in the winter. – Autobiography of Sir George Biddell Airy by George Biddell Airy
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