fact

[ fakt ]
/ fækt /

noun

something that actually exists; reality; truth: Your fears have no basis in fact.
something known to exist or to have happened: Space travel is now a fact.
a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true: Scientists gather facts about plant growth.
something said to be true or supposed to have happened: The facts given by the witness are highly questionable.
Law. Often facts. an actual or alleged event or circumstance, as distinguished from its legal effect or consequence.Compare question of fact, question of law.

Idioms

Origin of fact

1530–40; < Latin factum something done, deed, noun use of neuter of factus done, past participle of facere to do1

Related forms

fact·ful, adjective

Can be confused

facts FAQs fax
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British Dictionary definitions for facts

fact

/ (fækt) /

noun

Derived Forms

factful, adjective

Word Origin for fact

C16: from Latin factum something done, from factus made, from facere to make
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Idioms and Phrases with facts

fact


In addition to the idiom beginning with fact

  • facts of life

also see:

  • after the fact
  • in fact
  • is that a fact
  • matter of fact
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