- 1[uncountable] all the events that happened in the past a turning point in human history one of the worst disasters in recent history a people with no sense of history Many people throughout history have dreamt of a world without war. The area was inhabited long before the dawn of recorded history (= before people wrote about events). These events changed the course of history. see also ancient history
- 2 [singular, uncountable] the past events concerned in the development of a particular place, subject, etc. the history of Texas/democracy/popular music The local history of the area is fascinating. The school traces its history back to 1865.
- 3 [uncountable] the study of past events as a subject in school or college a history teacher a degree in History social/economic/political history ancient/medieval/modern history She's studying art history. see also natural history
- 4 [countable] a written or spoken account of past events She's writing a new history of New York. She went on to catalog a long history of disasters.
- 5[singular] history (of something) a record of something happening frequently in the past life of a person, family, or place; the set of facts that are known about someone's past life He has a history of violent crime. There is a history of heart disease in my family. a patient's medical history Do you have a good credit history? (= a good record of paying back money that you borrow) see also case history, life history Idioms
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NAmE//ˈhɪstəri//, NAmE//ˈhɪstri//(pl. histories)
to be dead or no longer important Another mistake like that and you're history. We won't talk about that—that's history. That's past history now.
be history (informal)jump to other results
the record of great achievements in history She has earned her place in the history books.
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used to say that things often happen later in the same way as before Years later family history repeated itself with Eve's daughters.
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to be or do something so important that it will be recorded in history a discovery that made medical history
make history, go down in historyjump to other results
used when you are telling a story to say that you do not need to tell the end of it, because everyone knows it already
the rest is historyjump to other results