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(1)   A structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
"What level is the office on?"
(2)   A piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events
"He writes stories for the magazines"
(3)   A record or narrative description of past events
"A history of France"
"He gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president"
"The story of exposure to lead"
(4)   A short account of the news
"The report of his speech"
"The story was on the 11 o'clock news"
"The account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious"
(5)   A trivial lie
"He told a fib about eating his spinach"
"How can I stop my child from telling stories?"
(6)   A message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program
"His narrative was interesting"
"Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"


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  1. An account of real or fictional events.
    The book tells the story of two roommates.
  2. A lie.
    You’ve been telling stories again, haven’t you?
  3. A floor or level of a building (mainly US - see storey).
    Our shop was on the fourth story of the building — we had to install an elevator.
  4. A soap opera.
    What will she do without being able to watch her stories?

Usage notes

Popularized in the 1950s, when soap operas were often billed as "continuing stories," the term "story" to describe a soap opera fell into disuse by the 21st century and is now used chiefly among older people and in rural areas. Other English-speaking countries used the term at its zenith as a "loaned" word from the United States.


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