story - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    an account of something that happened. Stories can be imaginary, traditional, or true

    She’s written several children’s stories.

    The book is about the discovery of DNA – it’s a marvellous story.

    story about:

    a story about a beautiful princess and a frog

    read/tell a story:

    She was reading a story to the children.

    detective/love/adventure story:

    a passionate love story with a happy ending

    1. a.
      an account of events in a newspaper report or news programme
      news story:

      And now for a recap of tonight’s main news stories.

      front-page story:

      The murder was a front-page story in the local newspaper.

    2. b.
      an account of something, for example someone’s life
      story of:

      The film is the story of their friendship.

      the story behind something:

      The book reveals the story behind this traditional dance.

    3. c.
      a spoken account of something that happened to you

      Have you heard his story about the time he met the Queen?

    4. d.
      the events in a book, film etc

      The special effects were good, but the story was boring.

    Collocates: story
    Verbs frequently used with story as the object
    ▪ concoct, invent, make up, read, recount, relate, swap, tell, write
  2. 2
    an excuse or a reason that is not true

    Do you expect me to believe that ridiculous story?

    He’s concocted an elaborate story about where he was that night.

  3. 3
    something that people are talking about that may not be true

    There are stories going around that they are having an affair.

    I heard a story that he had moved to Australia.

    The President has refused to confirm or deny the story.

  4. 4
    the American spelling of storey