1 reality, actuality, truth, certainty:
The fact of the matter is that she didn't do it. Is there a basis in fact for your allegations?
2 accomplishment, fait accompli; occurrence, event, happening, incident, episode, experience, act, deed:
Supersonic travel has been a fact for many years.
3 Often, facts. data, information, particular(s), detail(s), point(s), item(s), factor(s), Colloq low-down, (inside) info, the score, Brit the gen, US and Canadian the poop:
If I am going to defend you, I need all the facts of the case.
4 in fact. indeed, to be sure, as a matter of (actual) fact, in truth, truly, truthfully, actually, really, in reality, in point of fact, factually:
He didn't come; in fact, he had gone abroad the week before.
important, interesting, relevant, salient
looking at all the relevant facts
| basic | 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, brute, disturbing, harsh, sad, stark, unpalatable, unpleasant
the bare facts of war a rather harsh fact of life
| little-known, well-known
It is a well-known fact that girls do better than boys at school.
The mere fact of your being there will arouse their suspicions.
VERB + FACT
be aware of, have, know
We haven't got all the facts yet. She already knew the facts she needed.
| ascertain, establish, find out
the best way of establishing the facts
| check, examine, look at
I think you need to check your facts. For God's sake, look at the facts!
These facts have not yet been proved.
| collect, gather | select
Historians must first select the facts that they present.
| give, impart, present, state
The job of the teacher is not simply to impart facts. I'm not making excuses?I'm just stating a fact.
different ways of interpreting the facts
| account for, explain
How do you account for the fact that unemployment is still rising?
| accept, acknowledge, face, recognize
She wouldn't accept the fact that she had lost. I'm afraid you'll have to face facts. She'll never marry you.
He doesn't seem able to grasp this basic fact.
| learn | assimilate
Students need time to assimilate the facts.
| deny, dispute
No one can deny this fact.
| 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.
The recent improvements should not obscure the fact that general standards are still far too low.
| draw attention to
The report draws attention to the fact that the country is now a net exporter of the product.
| emphasize, underline | confine yourself to, keep to, stick to
Just stick to the facts.
| be based on
a novel based on historical fact
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 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?only ‘some sort of clue’.
| lament, regret, resent
We sat miserably in the pub, lamenting the fact that our dry clothes were a 60-mile bus journey away. She resented the fact that I was older and had more freedom than her.
FACT + VERB
The fact remains that we are still two teachers short.
after the ~
On some vital decisions employees were only informed after the fact (= when it was too late to change them).
| apart from the ~
She was happy, apart from the fact that she could not return home.
| despite/in spite of/notwithstanding the ~
She's taking her children on holiday, despite the fact that school starts tomorrow.
| due to the ~
Due to the fact that they did not read English, the prisoners were unaware of what they were signing.
| given the ~
The findings are not surprising, given the facts: …
| in ~
I used to live in France; in fact, not far from where you're going.
| ~ about
We learned several interesting facts about elephants.
(as) a matter of fact
It's not wild speculation! It's 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
presenting all the facts and figures to 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 unpalatable fact of life that the most deserving people do no
| the facts of life
(= the details about sex and how babies are born, especially 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/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?
| a question/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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