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noun [countable] story pronunciation in British English /ˈstɔːri/
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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 someones 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.
    Collocations: story
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    story
    ▪ 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

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