- 1 story (about/of something/somebody) a description of events and people that the writer or speaker has invented in order to entertain people adventure/detective/love, etc. stories a story about time travel Shall I tell you a story? He read the children a story. a bedtime story CollocationsLiteratureBeing a writer write/publish literature/poetry/fiction/a book/a story/a poem/a novel/a review/an autobiography become a writer/novelist/playwright find/have a publisher/an agent have a new book out edit/revise/proofread a book/text/manuscript dedicate a book/poem to…Plot, character and atmosphere construct/create/weave/weave something into a complex narrative advance/drive the plot introduce/present the protagonist/a character describe/depict/portray a character (as…)/(somebody as) a hero/villain create an exciting/a tense atmosphere build/heighten the suspense/tension evoke/capture the pathos of the situation convey emotion/an idea/an impression/a sense of… engage the reader seize/capture/grip the (reader’s) imagination arouse/elicit emotion/sympathy (in the reader) lack imagination/emotion/structure/rhythmLanguage, style and imagery use/employ language/imagery/humour/(especially US English) humor/an image/a symbol/a metaphor/a device use/adopt/develop a style/technique be rich in/be full of symbolism evoke images of…/a sense of…/a feeling of… create/achieve an effect maintain/lighten the tone introduce/develop an idea/a theme inspire a novel/a poet/somebody’s work/somebody’s imaginationReading and criticism read an author/somebody’s work/fiction/poetry/a text/a poem/a novel/a chapter/a passage review a book/a novel/somebody’s work give something/get/have/receive a good/bad review be hailed (as)/be recognized as a masterpiece quote a(n) phrase/line/stanza/passage/author provoke/spark discussion/criticism study/interpret/understand a text/passage translate somebody’s work/a text/a passage/a novel/a poem see also fairy story, ghost story, short story Wordfindercomic, far-fetched, gripping, historical, mannered, moving, rambling, readable, story, tragic
- 2 story (about/of something/somebody) an account, often spoken, of what happened to somebody or of how something happened It was many years before the full story was made public. The police didn't believe her story. We must stick to our story about the accident. I can't decide until I've heard both sides of the story. It's a story of courage. Many years later I returned to Africa but that's another story (= I am not going to talk about it now). see also cock and bull story, hard-luck story, life story, shaggy-dog story, sob story, success story, tall story Synonymsreport story account versionThese are all words for a written or spoken account of events.report a written or spoken account of an event, especially one that is published or broadcast:Are these newspaper reports true?story an account, often spoken, of what happened to somebody or of how something happened; a report of events in a newspaper, magazine or news broadcast:It was many years before the full story was made public. the front-page storyaccount a written or spoken description of something that has happened:She gave the police a full account of the incident.report or account?A report is always of recent events, especially news. An account may be of recent or past events.version a description of an event from the point of view of a particular person or group of people:She gave us her version of what had happened that day.Patterns a report/story about something a brief/short report/story/account a full report/story/account/version a news report/story to give a(n) report/account/version
- 3 an account of past events or of how something has developed He told us the story of his life. the story of the Beatles the story of the building of the bridge
- 4 a report in a newspaper, magazine or news broadcast a front-page story Now for a summary of tonight's main news stories. see also cover story, lead story
- 5 (also storyline) the series of events in a book, film/movie, play, etc. synonym plot Her novels always have the same basic story. See related entries: Elements of a play, Film reviews and promotion, Film plots
- 6(informal) something that somebody says which is not true She knew the child had been telling stories again.
- 7(North American English) = storey Word Origin Middle English (denoting a historical account or representation): shortening of Anglo-Norman French estorie, from Latin historia from Greek historia
(informal) used when you are saying that you will get to the point of what you are saying quickly, without including all the details To cut a long story short, we didn’t get home until 3 in the morning!