history

noun
his·​to·​ry | \ ˈhi-st(ə-)rē How to pronounce history (audio) \
plural histories

Definition of history

1 : tale, story
2a : a chronological record of significant events (such as those affecting a nation or institution) often including an explanation of their causes a history of Japan
b : a treatise presenting systematically related natural phenomena (as of geography, animals, or plants) an illustrated history of North American birds
c : an account of a patient's medical background reviewing her medical history
d : an established record a prisoner with a history of violence
3 : a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events medieval history
4a : events that form the subject matter of a history the history of space exploration
b : events of the past History has shown that such efforts rarely succeed.
c : one that is finished or done for the winning streak was history you're history
d : previous treatment, handling, or experience (as of a metal) a history of repeated exposure to freezing temperatures

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Examples of history in a Sentence

I studied history in college. a professor of medieval history They were one of the greatest teams in history. It was one of the most destructive storms in modern history. It was a period in American history when most people lived and worked on farms. The history of space exploration is a fascinating topic. He wrote a well-known history of the British empire. The book begins with a brief history of the Internet. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Hopper, 89, of Springdale, was the longest serving highway commissioner in Arkansas history. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 30 July 2022 In October 2018, the biggest single-ticket prize in Mega Millions’ history, $1.537 billion, was drawn by a player in South Carolina. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 What follows is one of the most unsettling psychological cat-and-mouse games in film history. Katie Rife, EW.com, 30 July 2022 Seattle won its final 14 games before the All-Star break, one short of the longest winning streak in team history and the best run by any club heading into the break since 1933. Tim Booth, ajc, 30 July 2022 The deadliest drug epidemic in the nation's history is only intensifying, with overdose deaths topping 107,000 last year, 15% more than the year before, according to provisional data released by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, 30 July 2022 Amendola’s 2,383 receiving yards over five seasons ranks 26th in Patriots history. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022 Smallpox ranks as one of the deadliest diseases in human history, but it was eradicated four decades ago after a long-running vaccination campaign. Denise Roland, WSJ, 30 July 2022 This is indelibly etched in cinema history partly for being Tupac’s best role outside of playing Bishop in Juice. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 29 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of history

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for history

Middle English histoire, historie, from Anglo-French estoire, histoire, from Latin historia, from Greek, inquiry, history, from histōr, istōr knowing, learned; akin to Greek eidenai to know — more at wit

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history is on someone's side

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1 Aug 2022

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“History.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/history. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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history

noun
his·​to·​ry | \ ˈhi-stə-rē How to pronounce history (audio) \
plural histories

Kids Definition of history

1 : events of the past and especially those relating to a particular place or subject European history
2 : a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events
3 : a written report of past events She wrote a history of the Internet.
4 : an established record of past events His criminal history is well-known.

history

noun
his·​to·​ry | \ ˈhis-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce history (audio) \
plural histories

Medical Definition of history

: an account of a patient's family and personal background and past and present health

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