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  1. his·to·ry
    IPA[ˈhist(ə)rē]
  2. noun

    • 1. the study of past events, particularly in human affairs:

      medieval European history
      Synonym : the past, former times, historical events, days of old, the old days, the good old days, time gone by, bygone days, yesterday, antiquity, days of yore, the olden days, yesteryear, the eld
    • 2. the past considered as a whole:

      letters that have changed the course of history
      Synonym : background, past, family background, life story, antecedents, experiences, adventures, fortunes
    • 3. the whole series of past events connected with someone or something:

      the history of Aegean painting
    • 4. an eventful past:

      the group has quite a history
    • 5. a past characterized by a particular thing:

      his family had a history of insanity
    • 6. a continuous, typically chronological, record of important or public events or of a particular trend or institution:

      a history of the labor movement
    • 7. a historical play:

      Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: history, plural noun: histories

    • noun

      the study of past events, particularly in human affairs:

      the past considered as a whole:

    • noun

      the scientific study of animals or plants, especially as concerned with observation rather than experiment, and presented in popular rather than academic form.

      the study of the whole natural world, including mineralogy and paleontology.

    • noun

      the series of changes undergone by an organism during its lifetime.

      the story of a person's life, especially when told at tedious length:

    • noun

      the history of the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean area and the Near East up to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in ad 476.

      something that is already long familiar and no longer new, interesting, or relevant:

    • noun

      the study of the role that armed forces played in past events:
    • be perceived as no longer relevant to the present
    • noun

      history up to the present day, from some arbitrary point taken to represent the end of the Middle Ages. In some contexts it may be contrasted with “ancient” rather than “medieval” history, and start, e.g., from the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
    • noun

      the collection and study of historical information using sound recordings of interviews with people having personal knowledge of past events.
    • noun

      (in science fiction) a narration of imagined future events.
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