verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
noun rec·ord [rek-erd] /ˈrɛk ərd/
- the commitment to writing, as authentic evidence, of something having legal importance, especially as evidence of the proceedings or verdict of a court.
- evidence preserved in this manner.
- an authentic or official written report of proceedings of a court of justice.
adjective rec·ord [rek-erd] /ˈrɛk ərd/
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Idioms for record
- not intended for publication; unofficial; confidential: The president's comment was strictly off the record.
- not registered or reported as a business transaction; off the books.
- existing as a matter of public knowledge; known.
- existing in a publication, document, file, etc.: There was no birth certificate on record.
Origin of record
OTHER WORDS FROM recordre·cord·a·ble, adjectiverec·ord·less, adjectiveun·re·cord·a·ble, adjectivewell-re·cord·ed, adjective
Words nearby record
What is a basic definition of record!
Record means to set something down or preserve it in a way that keeps permanent evidence of it. Record is also used to refer to the writing or document that is the preserved account of something. Record is also an achievement that is the best or highest amount. Record has several other senses as a verb and a noun.
Record means to somehow preserve a note or evidence of something so that it can be consulted later or prove that something actually existed. When you write down the time that you did something, you are recording it. When you film a birthday party, you are also recording it. Music producers record a singer’s or band’s studio performance of a song using audio equipment. When used as a verb, record is pronounced [ ri-kawrd ], with emphasis on the second syllable.
- Real-life examples: Police detectives record details about crimes and crime scenes. Cameras record news events, sports, and television programs to be viewed later.
- Used in a sentence: The journalist recorded the mayor’s statements in her notepad.
Related to this sense, record is used to refer to the resulting document, file, or other object that proves something existed or contains information that a person recorded. When used as a noun or adjective, record is pronounced [ rek-erd ], with the emphasis on the first syllable.
- Real-life examples: Schools have records of students’ grades on a computer or as documents in a filing cabinet. Police keep records of all of the crimes they have worked on, people they have arrested, and many other events. The government has detailed records of what it spends tax money on.
- Used in a sentence: I keep a record of all of the toys I have bought so that I know which ones are missing from my collection.
Record is also used to mean an achievement that is the best, highest amount, or otherwise worth keeping track of. A person may also use this sense sarcastically or as an exaggeration.
- Real-life examples: Robert Wadlow holds the record for the tallest man who ever lived (8 feet 11.1 inches). Blackie the cat set the record for world’s wealthiest cat when it inherited $12.5 million from its owner in 1988. Guinness World Records is a company that publishes information considered to be the official documentation of impressive (or weird) records that people have set.
- Used in a sentence: My boss is trying to set the record for worst manager ever.
Where does record come from?
The first records of the verb record come from around 1175. It ultimately comes from the Latin recordārī, meaning “to remember” or “to recollect.” The first records of the noun record come from around 1325. It ultimately comes from the Old French recorder.
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What are some other forms related to record?
- recorder (noun)
- recording (noun, present tense verb)
- recordable (adjective)
- recordless (adjective)
- unrecordable (adjective)
- well-recorded (adjective)
What are some synonyms for record?
What are some words that share a root or word element with record?
What are some words that often get used in discussing record?
How is record used in real life?
Record is a very common word that most often means to preserve documentation or evidence of something.
I got a bill. It's by hourly rate. I've recorded the hours dude was here. Huge discrepancy between my and his records. *sigh*
— Swanny (@YoSwanny) October 20, 2011
If twitter kept a record of every typo you’ve ever had how many do you think you would have? I’d easily have THOUSANDS
— Kid Conrad (@KidConrad) May 22, 2020
Phillip Brooks now has the record for most punt return yardage in a single game by a K-State player. He has 189 yards, surpassing the 172 yards by David Allen in 1998.
— Ryan Black (@RyanABlack) October 24, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for record
Even though Maryland has won four games against ranked teams, including three on the road, the Terps still need to improve their conference record.In schedule shuffle, Maryland will host Nebraska on back-to-back days next week|Emily Giambalvo|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
The records that do exist, though sparse, show that officials passed the ordinance with fairly broad language at the same time they created a local disaster council.Despite Crackdown Announcement, Not Much COVID-19 Enforcement Is Happening|Jesse Marx|February 11, 2021|Voice of San Diego
According to the records, more than 200 officers still working at the NYPD have had five or more substantiated allegations against them.
Pivoting to include the horizontal with the vertical, Group Nine’s revenue in 2020 was flat with 2019, according to Schiller, but the fourth quarter ended up being the best on record for the company.‘Proactive is the path’: Group Nine’s Geoff Schiller on his selling strategy|Kayleigh Barber|February 9, 2021|Digiday
Sunday’s Super Bowl, on paper, seemed set to be one for the record books.That really was one of the least enjoyable Super Bowls of all time|Neil Greenberg|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
That would truly be a milestone to celebrate—until you see what that record “diversity” actually means.
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Amazon biography for an author named Papa Faal mentions both Gambia and lists a military record that matches the FBI report.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Having a criminal record can reduce the likelihood of getting a callback or job offer by 50 percent.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
With every record you make, you want to make the best one you can, you know?Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll|James Joiner|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Let them open their minds to us, let them put upon permanent record the significance of all their intrigues and manœuvres.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Because the universe is governed by laws, and there is no credible instance on record of those laws being suspended.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
Its record is largely that of battles and sieges, of the brave adventure of discovery and the vexed slaughter of the nations.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
A ray of Consciousness is passed over that impression and you re-read it, you re-awaken the record.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
To-day I have stood in the main battery which has fired a shot establishing, in its way, a record in the annals of destruction.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for record
- the best or most outstanding amount, rate, height, etc, ever attained, as in some field of sportan Olympic record; a world record; to break the record for the long jump
- (as modifier)a record time
- stated in a public document
- publicly known
verb (rɪˈkɔːd) (mainly tr)
Derived forms of recordrecordable, adjective
Word Origin for record
Medical definitions for record
Idioms and Phrases with record
see break the record; go on record; just for the record; off the record; set (the record) straight; track record.