Fact - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fækt|  American pronunciation of the word fact
Brit.  |fækt|  British pronunciation of the word fact

noun

- a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred

first you must collect all the facts of the case

- a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened

he supported his argument with an impressive array of facts

- an event known to have happened or something known to have existed

your fears have no basis in fact
how much of the story is fact and how much fiction is hard to tell

- a concept whose truth can be proved

scientific hypotheses are not facts

Examples

Rapid electronic communication is now a fact.

The book is filled with interesting facts and figures.

He did it, and that's a fact.

Space exploitation is now a fact.

Newspapers have a duty to provide readers with the facts.

The book is full of interesting facts about the World Cup.

First of all, we need to establish the facts of the case.

The divorce rate is twice as high as in the 1950s - that's a fact.

'She used to be a professional singer.' 'Is that a fact?'

It's a fact that most deaths from lung cancer are caused by smoking.

I know for a fact that (=used to say that something is definitely true) she earns more than I do.

Mr Craig should get his facts straight before making false allegations.

Your ability to write and argue is of little use if you get your facts wrong (=are wrong about something).

We need hard facts not just interesting theories.

Much of the novel is based on fact.

Word forms

noun
singular: fact
plural: facts
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