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- enPR: hĭsʹt(ə)rē or hĭsʹtrĭ, IPA (key): /ˈhɪst(ə)ri/ or /ˈhɪst(ə)rɪ/
- SAMPA: /"hIst@ri/
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- Hyphenation: his‧to‧ry, hist‧ory
- (uncountable) History is what happened in the past.
- China has many old books about its history.
- The restaurant is close to the city's history and art museums.
- (uncountable) History is the study of what happened in the past.
- He is a professor of history.
- If somebody or something makes history, they do something very important that will not be forgotten.
- She made history by becoming Africa's first elected female president.
- If somebody or something goes down in history, they are remembered by people because they were very important or well known.
- She'll go down in history as one of our greatest writers.
- (countable) A history is a book recording things that have happened.
- He was reading a history of Ancient Rome.
- If somebody or something has a history of something, it's very common for them.
- She has a history of cheating on tests.
- If you say something is history, you mean it's finished, over, dead, or not important any more.
- OK, that game's history.
- If you say the rest is history, you mean you don't have to tell about because everyone already knows.
- They just happened to run into each other at the right time, and the rest is history.