• actuality; reality; deed; proof (law)
• a fact is a statement or piece of information that is true.
• you also use fact when you are referring to a situation that exists or to something that happened.
• if you say that a story or statement is fact, you mean that it is true.
• you say in fact, in point of fact, in actual fact, or as a matter of fact to emphasize that something really happened or is true, or to introduce some information, especially more precise information.
• see also fact of life.
• searching for and uncovering of information, determination of the facts in a particular incident or situation
• a fact-finding trip or mission is one whose purpose is to get information about a particular situation, especially for an official group.
• information discovered through research
fact is stranger than fiction
• things that occur in real life are often stranger than those that are made up
fact of life
• you say that something which is not pleasant is a fact of life when there is nothing that you can do to change it so you must accept it.
• if you tell a child the facts of life, you tell him or her about sexual intercourse and explain how babies are born.
• a fact sheet is a piece of paper with information about a particular subject, especially a summary of information that has been given on a radio or television programme.
accept the fact
• face the truth
• established truth or fact, reality, acknowledged fact
accessary after the fact• (law) a person who after an ...