synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of fact in English

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From Latin factum (a deed, act, exploit; in Medieval Latin also state, condition, circumstance), neuter of factus (done or made), perfect passive participle of faciō (do, make). Doublet of feat.


  • IPA(key): /fækt/
  • Rhymes: -ækt


fact (countable and uncountable, plural facts)

  1. Something actual as opposed to invented.
  2. Something which is real.
    Gravity is a fact, not a theory.
  3. Something which has become real.
  4. Something concrete used as a basis for further interpretation.
  5. An objective consensus on a fundamental reality that has been agreed upon by a substantial number of experts.
  6. Information about a particular subject, especially actual conditions and/or circumstances.
  7. (databases) An individual value or measurement at the lowest level of granularity in a data warehouse.
  8. (archaic) Action; the realm of action.
  9. (law, obsolete except in set phrases) A wrongful or criminal deed.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ix:
      She was empassiond at that piteous act, / With zelous enuy of Greekes cruell fact, / Against that nation [...].
    • 1819, T. Howell, A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors
      Gentlemen of the Jury, I think I need say but little on this matter: They all confess the fact of which they stand indicted. Some of them were old offenders, and all of them were proved to be at the taking of capt. Manwareing's sloop, and all took their shares: so that I think the fact is very fully and clearly proved upon them.
  10. (obsolete) A feat or meritorious deed.


  • (Something actual): fiction

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See also

  • value
  • opinion
  • belief


  • fact at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • fact in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • fact in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • "Conway: 'Alternative Facts'" Merriam-Webster's Trend Watch Merriam-Webster. 2017.



  1. Used before making a statement to introduce it as a trustworthy one.


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