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noun history pronunciation in American English /ˈhɪst(ə)ri/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the whole of time before the present, and all things that happened in that time
    in recorded history: These temperatures are the highest in recorded history.
    throughout history: Attitudes toward gender roles have changed throughout history.
    recent history: No other band in recent history has sold as many concert tickets.
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    1. a.
      [singular/uncountable] the things that have happened in a particular place or to a particular group of people
      I’m writing a book on this area’s history.
      The university has a distinguished history.
      a checkered history (=in which both good and bad things have happened): an unusual building with a checkered history
      the history of Spain
      U.S./world/Western history
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    2. b.
      [countable/uncountable] all the things that a particular person has done or experienced
      I feel like a part of my history has been taken away.
      medical history: It’s important to consider a child’s medical history.
    3. c.
      [singular/uncountable] the way that a particular subject or object has developed or changed throughout its existence
      the history of economic thought
      literary/archaeological history
      a landmark in the history of something: This book was a landmark in the history of English fiction.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the study of the events of the past
    He teaches history at the high school.
    history books
  3. 3
    [countable] an account of the events that happened during a particular period of the past
    history of: a history of the Romans
    The book provides a comprehensive history of World War Two.
  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] the length of time that something has existed
    For the first time in its 70-year history the club has admitted women members.
    trace something’s history (=follow or describe something’s past, back to a particular time): The town can trace its history back to the Gold Rush.
 

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