Record - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈrekərd|  American pronunciation of the word record
Brit.  |ˈrekɔːd|  British pronunciation of the word record


- anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events
the film provided a valuable record of stage techniques
- sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove (syn: disc, disk, platter)
- the number of wins versus losses and ties a team has had
at 9-0 they have the best record in their league
- the sum of recognized accomplishments
the lawyer has a good record
the track record shows that he will be a good president
- a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone (syn: book)
Al Smith used to say, 'Let's look at the record'
his name is in all the record books
- an extreme attainment; the best (or worst) performance ever attested (as in a sport)
he tied the Olympic record
coffee production last year broke all previous records
Chicago set the homicide record
- a document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction
they could find no record of the purchase
- a list of crimes for which an accused person has been previously convicted
he ruled that the criminal record of the defendant could not be disclosed to the court
the prostitute had a record a mile long


- make a record of; set down in permanent form (syn: enter, put down)
- register electronically (syn: tape)
They recorded her singing
- indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments (syn: read, register, show)
- be aware of (syn: register)

Extra examples

Be sure to record all your business expenditures.

There are similar events all throughout recorded history.

The thermometer recorded 40 degrees below zero.

A seismograph is a device that measures and records the intensity of earthquakes.

Please record the television program for me.

He recorded the birthday party with his new video camera.

He just recorded his latest album.

The show is recorded in front of a live audience.

The band spent all night recording.

Public Record Office

His record is against him.

This airline's safety record is impeccable.

She has a distinguished record as a public official.

These songs were recorded from a concert during last year's season.

The camera records badly.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: record
he/she/it: records
present participle: recording
past tense: recorded
past participle: recorded
singular: record
plural: records
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