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noun British English pronunciation: fact /fækt/ 
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pluralfacts
  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.

  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.

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