WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
his•to•ry /ˈhɪstəri, ˈhɪstri/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -ries. 
  1. World History the branch of knowledge dealing with past events:[uncountable]majoring in history.
  2. World History a continuous, systematic telling of past events:[countable]a short history of the war.
  3. World History a record of past events and times, esp. of a particular person:[countable]the patient's medical history.
  4. World History a past that is special because of its interesting events:[countable;  usually singular]a ship with an interesting history.
  5. World History events that are common in a person's life:[countable]had a history of trouble with the police.
  1. Idiomsbe history, to be finished;
    be done for:If they lose this game, they're history.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
his•to•ry  (histə rē, histrē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ries. 
  1. World Historythe branch of knowledge dealing with past events.
  2. World Historya continuous, systematic narrative of past events as relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc., usually written as a chronological account;
    chronicle:a history of France; a medical history of the patient.
  3. World Historythe aggregate of past events.
  4. World Historythe record of past events and times, esp. in connection with the human race.
  5. World Historya past notable for its important, unusual, or interesting events:a ship with a history.
  6. World Historyacts, ideas, or events that will or can shape the course of the future;
    immediate but significant happenings:Firsthand observers of our space program see history in the making.
  7. World Historya systematic account of any set of natural phenomena without particular reference to time:a history of the American eagle.
  8. World History, Literaturea drama representing historical events:Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies.
  • Greek historía learning or knowing by inquiry, history; derivative of hístōr one who knows or sees (akin to wit, video, veda)
  • Latin historia
  • Middle English historie 1350–1400
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged record, annals. See  narrative. 

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history /ˈhɪstərɪ; ˈhɪstrɪ/ n ( pl -ries)
  1. a record or account, often chronological in approach, of past events, developments, etc
  2. all that is preserved or remembered of the past, esp in written form
  3. the discipline of recording and interpreting past events involving human beings
  4. past events, esp when considered as an aggregate
  5. an event in the past, esp one that has been forgotten or reduced in importance: their quarrel was just history
  6. the past, background, previous experiences, etc, of a thing or person: the house had a strange history
  7. a play that depicts or is based on historical events
  8. a narrative relating the events of a character's life: the history of Joseph Andrews
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin historia, from Greek: enquiry, from historein to narrate, from histōr judge

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