to set down in writing or the like, as for the purpose of preserving evidence.
to cause to be set down or registered: to record one's vote.
to state or indicate: He recorded his protest, but it was disregarded.
to serve to relate or to tell of: The document records that the battle took place six years earlier.
to set down or register in some permanent form, as on a seismograph.
to set down, register, or fix by characteristic marks, incisions, magnetism, etc., for the purpose of reproduction by a phonograph or magnetic reproducer.
to make a recording of: The orchestra recorded the 6th Symphony.
to record something; make a record.
an act of recording.
the state of being recorded, as in writing.
an account in writing or the like preserving the memory or knowledge of facts or events.
information or knowledge preserved in writing or the like.
a report, list, or aggregate of actions or achievements: He made a good record in college. The ship has a fine sailing record.
a legally documented history of criminal activity: They discovered that the suspect had a record.
something or someone serving as a remembrance; memorial: Keep this souvenir as a record of your visit.
the tracing, marking, or the like, made by a recording instrument.
something on which sound or images have been recorded for subsequent reproduction, as a grooved disk that is played on a phonograph or an optical disk for recording sound (audio disc ) or images (videodisc ).: Compare compact disk.
the highest or best rate, amount, etc., ever attained, especially in sports: to hold the record for home runs; to break the record in the high jump.
Sports. the standing of a team or individual with respect to contests won, lost, and tied.
an official writing intended to be preserved.
Computers. a group of related fields, or a single field, treated as a unit and comprising part of a file or data set, for purposes of input, processing, output, or storage by a computer.
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.
making or affording a record.
surpassing or superior to all others: a record year for automobile sales.
Idioms about record
go on record, to issue a public statement of one's opinion or stand: He went on record as advocating immediate integration.
off the 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.
- re·cord·a·ble, adjective
- rec·ord·less, adjective
- un·re·cord·a·ble, adjective
- well-re·cord·ed, adjective
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How to use record in a sentence
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.ProPublica’s “NYPD Files” Wins John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting | by ProPublica | February 11, 2021 | ProPublica
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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
an account in permanent form, esp in writing, preserving knowledge or information about facts or events
a written account of some transaction that serves as legal evidence of the transaction
a written official report of the proceedings of a court of justice or legislative body, including the judgments given or enactments made
anything serving as evidence or as a memorial: the First World War is a record of human folly
(often plural) information or data on a specific subject collected methodically over a long period: weather records
the best or most outstanding amount, rate, height, etc, ever attained, as in some field of sport: an Olympic record; a world record; to break the record for the long jump
(as modifier): a record time
the sum of one's recognized achievements, career, or performance: the officer has an excellent record
a list of crimes of which an accused person has previously been convicted, which are known to the police but may only be disclosed to a court in certain circumstances
have a record to be a known criminal; have a previous conviction or convictions
Also called: gramophone record, disc a thin disc of a plastic material upon which sound has been recorded. Each side has a spiral groove, which undulates in accordance with the frequency and amplitude of the sound. Records were formerly made from a shellac-based compound but were later made from vinyl plastics
the markings made by a recording instrument such as a seismograph
computing a group of data or piece of information preserved as a unit in machine-readable form
(in some computer languages) a data structure designed to allow the handling of groups of related pieces of information as though the group were a single entity
for the record for the sake of a strict factual account
go on record to state one's views publicly
See off the record
stated in a public document
put the record straight or set the record straight to correct an error or misunderstanding
to set down in some permanent form so as to preserve the true facts of: to record the minutes of a meeting
to contain or serve to relate (facts, information, etc)
to indicate, show, or register: his face recorded his disappointment
to remain as or afford evidence of: these ruins record the life of the Romans in Britain
(also intr) to make a recording of (music, speech, etc) for reproduction, or for later broadcasting
(also intr) (of an instrument) to register or indicate (information) on a scale: the barometer recorded a low pressure
- recordable, adjective
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Other 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.
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