have a history of something - definition and synonyms

  1. 1
    to be well known for doing something because you have often done it in the past

    He’s got a history of cheating on his girlfriends.

  2. 2
    if you have a history of a medical condition or other problem, you have had it before

    She has a history of alcohol abuse.

    have a family history of something (=a situation in which several members of a family have had the same problem or medical condition):

    They have a family history of heart disease.

See also main entry: history