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fact

 (făkt)
n.
1. Knowledge or information based on real occurrences: an account based on fact; a blur of fact and fancy.
2.
a. Something demonstrated to exist or known to have existed: Genetic engineering is now a fact. That Chaucer was a real person is an undisputed fact.
b. A real occurrence; an event: had to prove the facts of the case.
c. Something believed to be true or real: a document laced with mistaken facts.
3. A thing that has been done, especially a crime: an accessory before the fact.
4. Law A conclusion drawn by a judge or jury from the evidence in a case: a finding of fact.
Idiom:
in (point of) fact
In reality or in truth; actually.

[Latin factum, deed, from neuter past participle of facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: Since the word fact means "a real occurrence, something demonstrated to exist or known to have existed," the phrases true facts and real facts, as in The true facts of the case may never be known, would seem to be redundant. But fact has a long history of use in the sense of "an allegation of fact" or "something that is believed to be true," as in this remark by union leader Albert Shanker: "This tract was distributed to thousands of American teachers, but the facts and the reasoning are wrong." This usage has led to the notion of "incorrect facts," which causes qualms among critics who insist that facts must be true. The usages, however, are often helpful in making distinctions or adding emphasis.

fact

(fækt)
n
1. an event or thing known to have happened or existed
2. a truth verifiable from experience or observation
3. a piece of information: get me all the facts of this case.
4. (Law) law (often plural) an actual event, happening, etc, as distinguished from its legal consequences. Questions of fact are decided by the jury, questions of law by the court or judge
5. (Philosophy) philosophy a proposition that may be either true or false, as contrasted with an evaluative statement
6. (Law) after the fact criminal law after the commission of the offence: an accessory after the fact.
7. (Law) before the fact criminal law before the commission of the offence
8. as a matter of fact in fact in point of fact in reality or actuality
9. fact of life an inescapable truth, esp an unpleasant one
10. the fact of the matter the truth
[C16: from Latin factum something done, from factus made, from facere to make]
ˈfactful adj

fact

(fækt)

n.
1. something that actually exists: Your fears have no basis in fact.
2. something known to exist or to have happened.
3. a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true.
4. something said to be true or supposed to have happened.
5. an actual or alleged event or circumstance, as distinguished from its legal effect or consequence.
Idioms:
1. after the fact, done, made, or formulated after something has occurred.
2. in fact, in truth; really; indeed: They are, in fact, great patriots.
[1530–40; < Latin factum something done, deed]
fact′ful, adj.

fact

1. 'fact'

A fact is an item of knowledge or information that is true.

It may help you to know the full facts of the case.
The report is several pages long and full of facts and figures.

Be Careful!
Don't talk about 'true facts' or say, for example, 'These facts are true'.

2. 'the fact that'

You can refer to a whole situation by using a clause beginning with the fact that.

He tried to hide the fact that he was disappointed.
The fact that the centre is overcrowded is the main thing that people complain about.

Be Careful!
You must use that in clauses like these. Don't say, for example, 'He tried to hide the fact he was disappointed'.

3. 'in fact'

You use in fact to show that you are giving more detailed information about what you have just said.

They've been having financial problems. In fact, they may have to close down.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fact - a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred; "first you must collect all the facts of the case"
information - knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction
case - the actual state of things; "that was not the case"
detail, item, point - an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"
particular, specific - a fact about some part (as opposed to general); "he always reasons from the particular to the general"
general - a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular); "he discussed the general but neglected the particular"
matter of fact - a matter that is an actual fact or is demonstrable as a fact
observation - facts learned by observing; "he reported his observations to the mayor"
reason - a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion; "there is reason to believe he is lying"
score - the facts about an actual situation; "he didn't know the score"
truth - a fact that has been verified; "at last he knew the truth"; "the truth is that he didn't want to do it"
2.fact - 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"
info, information - a message received and understood
record book, book, record - a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone; "Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record'"; "his name is in all the record books"
basics, rudiments - a statement of fundamental facts or principles
index number, indicator, index, indicant - a number or ratio (a value on a scale of measurement) derived from a series of observed facts; can reveal relative changes as a function of time
3.fact - 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"
realness, realism, reality - the state of being actual or real; "the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him"
4.fact - a concept whose truth can be provedfact - a concept whose truth can be proved; "scientific hypotheses are not facts"
concept, conception, construct - an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

fact

noun
1. truth, reality, gospel (truth), certainty, verity, actuality, naked truth How much was fact and how much fancy no one knew.
truth lie, fiction, invention, delusion, yarn (informal), fable, fabrication, falsehood, untruth, tall story
2. detail, point, feature, particular, item, specific, circumstance The lorries always left in the dead of night when there were few witnesses around to record the fact.
3. event, happening, act, performance, incident, deed, occurrence, fait accompli (French) He was sure the gun was planted after the fact.
plural noun
1. information, details, data, the score (informal), gen (Brit. informal), info (informal), the whole story, ins and outs, the lowdown (informal) There is so much information you can find the facts for yourself.
in fact actually, really, indeed, truly, in reality, in truth, to tell the truth, in actual fact, in point of fact That sounds rather simple, but in fact it's very difficult.
Quotations
"In this life we want nothing but facts, sir; nothing but facts" [Charles Dickens Hard Times]

fact

noun
1. That which is known about a specific subject or situation.Used in plural:
2. Something having real, demonstrable existence:
3. One of the conditions or facts attending an event and having some bearing on it:
4. The quality of being actual or factual:
Translations
حقيقةحَقِيقَةحَقيقَهواقِع، حَقيقَه
faktskutečnostpravda
faktumkendsgerningvirkelighed
fakto
fakttõsiasi
tosiasiafaktatieto
činjenica
tény
staîreyndveruleiki
事実実情現実
사실
faktasfaktinisfaktiškaitiesatikrovė
faktsīstenībarealitāte
faptfaptă
fakt
dejstvopravzaprav
faktumverklighet
ความจริง
sự kiện

fact

[fækt]
A. N
1. (= detail, circumstance) → hecho m
the fact thatel hecho de que ...
the fact that she knew is not the pointel hecho de que ella lo supiera no viene al caso
he still loved her in spite of the fact that she had left himaunque le había dejado él aún la quería
my family accepts the fact that I'm a vegetarianmi familia acepta que sea vegetariano
their priority is to establish the facts of the casesu prioridad es esclarecer los hechos or lo que ocurrió realmente
hard factshechos mpl innegables
to stick to the factsatenerse a los hechos
2. (= piece of information) → dato m
facts and figuresdatos mpl
the facts of lifelos detalles de la reproducción
get your facts right before you start accusing peopleinfórmate bien antes de empezar a acusar a la gente
he accused her of getting her facts wrongla acusó de no contar con la información correcta
3. (= reality) → realidad f
the fact remains thatla realidad sigue siendo que ...
the fact (of the matter) is thatla verdad or el hecho es que ...
I accept what he says as factacepto lo que dice como cierto
a story founded on factuna historia basada en hechos verídicos or reales
it has no basis in factcarece de base (real)
it's a fact thates un hecho que ...
to face (the) factsenfrentarse a la realidad or los hechos
he can't tell fact from fictionno es capaz de distinguir la realidad de la ficción
to know for a fact thatsaber a ciencia cierta que ...
in factde hecho
it sounds simple, but in fact it's very difficultparece sencillo, pero de hecho or en realidad es muy difícil
I don't like it, as a matter of fact I'm totally against itno me gusta, de hecho estoy totalmente en contra
"don't tell me you like it?" - "as a matter of fact I do"-no me digas que te gusta -pues sí, la verdad es que
they're very alike, in point of fact you can't tell the differenceson muy parecidos, de hecho no puedes distinguirlos
is that a fact! (iro) → ¡no me digas!
he's a dull writer, and that's a factes un escritor aburrido, eso no hay quien lo discuta
see also face B3
4. (Jur) (= event)
before/after the factantes/después de los hechos
see also accessory
B. CPD fact sheet Nhoja f informativa, informe m

fact

[ˈfækt] n
(= piece of information) → fait m
facts and figures → les faits mpl et les chiffres mpl
the facts about sth → les éléments mpl de qch
to know for a fact (that) ... → savoir pertinemment que ...
despite the fact (that) ... → malgré le fait que ...
the fact remains (that) ... → toujours est-il que ...
(= truth) → faits mpl
to be based on fact → être basé(e) sur des faits
is it fact or fiction? → est-ce réel ou imaginaire?
in fact → en fait
in actual fact → en fait
as a matter of fact → en fait
the fact is (that) ... → le fait est que ...fact-finding [ˈfæktfaɪndɪŋ] adj
fact-finding mission → mission f d'enquête
fact-finding committee → commission f d'enquête

fact

n
Tatsache f, → Faktum nt (geh); (historical, geographical etc) → Faktum nt; hard factsnackte Tatsachen pl; the true factsder wahre Sachverhalt; facts and figuresFakten und Zahlen; he accepts the fact that I don’t eat meater akzeptiert es, dass ich kein Fleisch esse; in view of the fact that …angesichts der Tatsache, dass …; despite the fact that …der Tatsache zum Trotz, dass …; to know for a fact that(es) ganz genau or sicher wissen, dass; the fact (of the matter) is that …die Sache ist die, dass …; the fact remains that …es lässt sich nicht bestreiten, dass …; to stick to the factsbei den Tatsachen bleiben, sich an die Tatsachen or Fakten halten; to look (the) facts in the faceder Wirklichkeit or den Tatsachen (dat)ins Auge sehen; the facts of the case (Jur) → der Tatbestand, der Sachverhalt; … and that’s a fact… darüber besteht kein Zweifel!, … Tatsache! (inf); is that a fact?tatsächlich?, Tatsache? (inf) ? face VT c
no pl (= reality)Wirklichkeit f, → Realität f; fact and fictionDichtung und Wahrheit; based/founded on factauf Tatsachen beruhend
in (point of) fact, in actual facteigentlich; (= in reality)tatsächlich, in Wirklichkeit; (= after all)(dann) doch; (to make previous statement more precise) → nämlich; in fact, as a matter of facteigentlich; (to intensify previous statement) → sogar; I don’t suppose you know him? — in (actual) fact or as a matter of fact I doSie kennen ihn nicht zufällig? — doch, eigentlich schon; do you know him? — in (actual) fact or as a matter of fact I dokennen Sie ihn? — jawohl; it sounds simple, but in (actual) fact or in point of fact it’s very difficultes hört sich so einfach an, aber in Wirklichkeit ist es sehr schwer; I’d meant to do some work but in fact I was too tiredich wollte eigentlich etwas arbeiten, war aber dann zu müde; I thought I could give you a lift, but in (actual) fact I won’t be goingich dachte, ich könnte dich mitnehmen, aber ich gehe doch nicht; I’m going soon, in (actual) fact tomorrowich reise bald ab, nämlich morgen; it won’t be easy, in fact or as a matter of fact it’ll be very difficultes wird nicht einfach sein, es wird sogar sehr schwierig sein; does it hurt? — as a matter of fact it’s very painfultuts weh? — ja, und sogar ganz schön; I bet you haven’t done that! — as a matter of fact I have!du hast das bestimmt nicht gemacht! — und ob, aber ja doch!; as a matter of fact we were just talking about youwir haben (nämlich) eben von Ihnen geredet; do you know Sir Charles? — as a matter of fact he’s my uncle/yes, in fact he’s my unclekennen Sie Sir Charles? — ja, und er ist sogar/ja, er ist nämlich mein Onkel
(Jur) to be an accessory before/after the factsich der Beihilfe/Begünstigung schuldig machen

fact

[fækt] nfatto
it's a fact that ... → è un dato di fatto che...
to know for a fact that ... → sapere per certo che...
the facts of life (sex) → i fatti riguardanti la vita sessuale (realities) → le realtà della vita
facts and figures → dati mpl e cifre fpl
fact and fiction → realtà e fantasia
story founded on fact → storia basata sui fatti
it has no basis in fact → non si basa su fatti realmente accaduti
as a matter of fact, in point of fact → per la verità
the fact (of the matter) is that ... → la verità è che...
in fact → in realtà

fact

(fӕkt) noun
1. something known or believed to be true. It is a fact that smoking is a danger to health.
2. reality. fact or fiction.
the facts of life
information about sex and how babies are born (in sex education).
factual (ˈfӕktʃuəl) adjective
of or containing facts. a factual account.
ˈfactually adverb
as a matter of fact, in fact, in point of fact
actually or really. She doesn't like him much – in fact I think she hates him!

fact

حَقِيقَة fakt faktum Tatsache γεγονός hecho tosiasia fait činjenica fatto 事実 사실 feit realitet fakt facto, fato факт faktum ความจริง gerçek sự kiện 事实

fact

n. de hecho, hecho, realidad;
in ___en efecto, en realidad.
References in classic literature ?
What it was, she had no idea as yet, but left it for time to tell her, and meanwhile, found her greatest affliction in the fact that she couldn't read, run, and ride as much as she liked.
The effect in fact was quite a special thing and not easily explained.
A fact I learned from the article and not because I remembered my geography.
I was restrained from utter savagery only by the fact that Mrs.
In fact, they knew nothing of any of their neighbors; their lodgers were all people of the highest distinction, they assured Edna.
In fact, for a couple of hours I met nothing worth mentioning, male or female, with the exception of a gipsy caravan, which I suppose was both; but it was a poor show.
This, upon examination, will be found to be made up altogether of false reasoning upon misconceived fact.
This fact, so grave in itself, might perhaps have been forgotten like many others if, three weeks after, it had not been re-enacted under similar circumstances.
It may well be that these stories are not higher than fact nor yet true to fact: they are, very possibly, what Xenophanes says of them.
What is more, he will talk to you with excitement and passion of the true normal interests of man; with irony he will upbraid the short- sighted fools who do not understand their own interests, nor the true significance of virtue; and, within a quarter of an hour, without any sudden outside provocation, but simply through something inside him which is stronger than all his interests, he will go off on quite a different tack--that is, act in direct opposition to what he has just been saying about himself, in opposition to the laws of reason, in opposition to his own advantage, in fact in opposition to everything .
Well, next let me tell you, dearest, that last night I slept better and more soundly than I had ever hoped to do, and that I am the more delighted at the fact in that, as you know, I had just settled into a new lodging--a circumstance only too apt to keep one from sleeping
Again, since the fact that Socrates is ill is the contrary of the fact that Socrates is well, and two contrary conditions cannot both obtain in one and the same individual at the same time, both these contraries could not exist at once: for if that Socrates was well was a fact, then that Socrates was ill could not possibly be one.