nounWord forms: plural ˈstories
4. the plot of a novel, play, film, etc.
a. a news event or a report of it
verb transitiveWord forms: ˈstoried or ˈstorying SYNONYMY NOTE: story1, the broadest in scope of these words, refers to a series of connected events, true
or fictitious, that is written or told with the intention of entertaining or informing;
, . narrative is a more formal word, referring to the kind of prose that recounts happenings; ,
. tale, a somewhat elevated or literary term, usually suggests a simple, leisurely story,
more or less loosely organized, especially a fictitious or legendary one; , . anecdote applies to a short, entertaining account of a single incident, usually personal or
9. Archaic to tell the story of
10. to decorate with paintings, etc. representing scenes from history or legend
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