fact

noun
ADJECTIVE
important, interesting, relevant, salient

You must look at all the relevant facts.

basic, simple
cold, concrete, hard, incontrovertible, inescapable, observable, obvious, plain, straightforward, true, undeniable

The police have to support their case with hard facts.

These are all incontrovertible facts.

bare, disturbing, harsh, sad, stark, unpalatable (esp. BrE), unpleasant

the bare facts of war

a rather harsh fact of life

known

The known facts of the case are as follows.

little-known, well-known

It is a well-known fact that girls do better than boys at school.

proven
historical, scientific
mere

The mere fact of your being there will arouse their suspicions.

VERB + FACT
be aware of, have, know

We don't have all the facts yet.

She already knew the facts she needed.

ascertain, establish, find out

the best way of establishing the facts

check, consider, examine, look at

I think you need to check your facts.

For God's sake, look at the facts!

prove

These facts have not yet been proved.

collect, gather
select

Historians must first select the facts that they present.

give, present, report, state

The job of the teacher is not simply to impart facts.

I'm not making excuses—I'm just stating a fact.

interpret

different ways of interpreting the facts

account for, explain

How do you account for the fact that unemployment is still rising?

accept, acknowledge, appreciate, face, recognize

She wouldn't accept the fact that she had lost.

I appreciate the fact that you're under a lot of pressure at the moment.

I'm afraid you'll have to face facts. She'll never marry you.

grasp

He doesn't seem able to grasp this basic fact.

learn
deny, dispute

No one can deny this fact.

forget, ignore, overlook

This approach ignores the fact that people, not computers, commit crimes.

be oblivious to
conceal, disguise, hide

If he was bored, he managed to hide the fact very well.

obscure

The recent improvements should not obscure the fact that general standards are still far too low.

change

This does not change the fact that a crime has been committed.

draw attention to

The report draws attention to the fact that the country is now a net exporter of the product.

emphasize, highlight, underline (esp. BrE), underscore (esp. AmE)
confine sb/yourself to (esp. BrE), stick to

Just stick to the facts.

be based on

a novel based on historical fact

reflect

Prices reflect the fact that the company is aiming at the luxury market.

stem from

He knew their bitterness stemmed from the fact that he was in charge.

be explained by, be supported by
be complicated by, be compounded by, be exacerbated by

The problem was compounded by the fact that I had no idea what I was looking for.

hate, lament, regret, resent

We waited miserably, lamenting the fact that our suitcases had been put on the wrong plane.

She resented the fact that I had more freedom than her.

FACT + VERB
remain

The fact remains that we are still two teachers short.

PREPOSITION
after the fact

On some vital decisions employees were only informed after the fact (= when it was too late to change them).

apart from the fact

She was happy, apart from the fact that she could not return home.

despite the fact, in spite of the fact, notwithstanding the fact

He got the job, despite the fact that he has no experience.

due to the fact

Due to the fact that they did not read English, the prisoners were unaware of what they were signing.

given the fact

The findings are not surprising, given the facts: … 

in fact

I used to live in France; in fact, not far from where you're going.

fact about

We learned several interesting facts about elephants.

PHRASES
(as) a matter of fact

It's not wild speculation! It's a plain matter of fact.

‘I suppose you'll be leaving soon, then?’ ‘No, as a matter of fact I'll be staying for another two years.’

facts and figures

All the facts and figures were presented at the meeting.

the fact of the matter

A new car would be wonderful but the fact of the matter is that we can't afford one.

the facts of the case

The facts of the case are quite straightforward.

a fact of life (= a situation that cannot be changed)

It is an sad fact of life that the most deserving people do not often achieve the most success.

the facts of life (= the details about sex and how babies are born, esp. as told to children)
fact or fiction?

The Loch Ness Monster: fact or fiction?

the facts speak for themselves (= further explanation about sth is unnecessary because the facts prove it is true)
get your facts right, get your facts straight, get your facts wrong

If you're going to make accusations, you'd better get your facts right.

have the facts at your fingertips

When making your presentation, it is important to have all the facts at your fingertips (= to have the information you need and be able to find it and use it quickly).

in actual fact, in point of fact

I thought the work would be difficult. In actual fact, it's very easy.

in view of the fact that … 

Voluntary work was particularly important in view of the fact that women were often forced to give up paid work on marriage.

know for a fact

Do you know for a fact that he is in London?

not to mention the fact that … 

It's very hard to do this on a home computer. Not to mention the fact that it's actually illegal.

a question of fact, a statement of fact

It's a simple statement of fact.

a recognition of the fact that … 

a growing recognition of the fact that learning may take different forms


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  • fact — n [Latin factum deed, real happening, something done, from neuter of factus, past participle of facere to do, make] 1: something that has actual existence: a matter of objective reality 2: any of the circumstances of a case that exist or are… …   Law dictionary

  • fact — W1S1 [fækt] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(true information)¦ 2 the fact (that) 3 in (actual) fact 4 the fact (of the matter) is 5 the fact remains 6¦(real events/not a story)¦ 7 facts and figures 8 the facts speak for themselves 9 after the fact ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fact — [ fækt ] noun *** 1. ) count a piece of true information: They have simply attempted to state the facts. fact about: Here children can discover basic scientific facts about the world. fact of: He wrote an article explaining the main facts of the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fact — 1. The expression the fact that has long had an important function in enabling clauses to behave like nouns: • Some studies give attention to the fact that non smokers cannot avoid inhaling smoke when breathing smoky air G. Richardson, 1971 • The …   Modern English usage

  • Fact — (f[a^]kt), n. [L. factum, fr. facere to make or do. Cf. {Feat}, {Affair}, {Benefit}, {Defect}, {Fashion}, and { fy}.] 1. A doing, making, or preparing. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A project for the fact and vending Of a new kind of fucus, paint for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fact — [fakt] n. [L factum, that which is done, deed, fact, neut. pp. of facere, DO1] 1. a deed; act: now esp. in the sense of “a criminal deed” in the phrases after the fact and before the fact [an accessory after the fact] 2. a thing that has actually …   English World dictionary

  • FACT — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom …   Wikipédia en Français

  • fact — ► NOUN 1) a thing that is indisputably the case. 2) (facts) information used as evidence or as part of a report. ● before (or after) the fact Cf. ↑before the fact ● a fact of life Cf. ↑a …   English terms dictionary

  • Fact — 〈[ fæ̣kt] m. 6; umg.〉 Faktum, Tatsache ● das sind die Facts [engl.] * * * Fact [fækt ], der; s, s <meist Pl.> [engl. fact < lat. factum, ↑ 1Faktum]: Tatsache[nmaterial]. * * * FACT,   Abkürzung für Flanagan Aptitude …   Universal-Lexikon

  • FACT — may refer to:*Federation Against Copyright Theft *Federation of American Consumers and Travelers *FACT ( facilitates chromatin transcription ), a protein factor affecting eukaryotic cells *FACT centre (Foundation for Creative Arts Technology), a… …   Wikipedia

  • Fact — [fækt] der; s, s (meist Plur.) <aus gleichbed. engl. fact, dies aus lat. factum, vgl. ↑Faktum> Tatsache, Tatsachenmaterial …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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