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noun fact pronunciation in American English /fækt/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a piece of true information
    They have simply attempted to state the facts.
    fact about: The classes are designed to help children discover basic scientific facts.
    fact of: He wrote an article explaining the main facts of the case.
    hard/plain facts (=ones that people may find unpleasant): We want the hard facts about what the project is going to cost.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] things that are true or that really happened, rather than things that are imaginary or not true
      The story is based on historical fact.
      Margaret does not yet seem to have learned the difference between fact and fiction.
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  2. 2

    the fact

    used for talking about a situation that is real or true, especially when you want to emphasize this
    It’s obvious you’re angry, so why deny the fact?
    fact that: He has never hidden the fact that he’s gay.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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