fact Definition

  • 1a thing that is known or proved to be true
  • 2information used as evidence or as part of a report or news article

Using fact: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "fact" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It's a fact that the earth revolves around the sun.

  • Example

    The report is based on facts and figures.

  • Example

    She presented the facts of the case to the jury.

  • Example

    The fact is, we can't afford to buy a new car.

fact Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for fact

Idioms Using fact

  • something that is an unavoidable part of everyday existence


    Paying taxes is a fact of life.

  • a phenomenon that occurs naturally and cannot be changed or controlled by humans


    Death is a fact of nature that we must all face.

  • the truth about a situation, especially one that is difficult or unpleasant


    The fact of the matter is that we are running out of time.

Phrases with fact

  • used to emphasize the truth of a statement, often in contrast to what might have been expected or what was previously thought


    I thought he was French, but in fact, he's Belgian.

  • accept the reality of a situation


    It's time to face the facts and admit that we made a mistake.

  • used to introduce a statement that adds to or supports what has just been said


    I don't like coffee. As a matter of fact, I can't stand it.

Origins of fact

from Latin 'factum', meaning 'thing done'


Summary: fact in Brief

The term 'fact' [fรฆkt] refers to something that is known or proven to be true, often used as evidence or part of a report. It contrasts with fiction or myth and is exemplified by 'The report is based on facts and figures.' 'Fact' extends into phrases like 'in fact,' emphasizing the truth, and idioms like 'a fact of life,' denoting an unavoidable part of existence.

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