Definition of record noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrekɔːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrekərd//
    Athletics, Producing music, Listening to music
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    written account
  1. 1  [countable] record (of something) a written account of something that is kept so that it can be looked at and used in the future You should keep a record of your expenses. medical/dental records Last summer was the wettest on record. It was the worst flood since records began.
  2. music
  3. 2  [countable] a thin round piece of plastic on which music, etc. is recorded to play a record a record collection see also vinyl (2) See related entries: Producing music, Listening to music
  4. 3[countable] a piece or collection of music released as a record, or on CD, the Internet, etc. a record company (= one which produces and sells records) During her career Billie Holiday made over 100 records. His new record is available on CD or as a download. CollocationsMusicListening listen to/​enjoy/​love/​be into music/​classical music/​jazz/​pop/​hip-hop, etc. listen to the radio/​an MP3 player/​a CD put on/​play a CD/​a song/​some music turn down/​up the music/​radio/​volume/​bass go to a concert/​festival/​gig/​performance/​recital copy/​burn/​rip music/​a CD/​a DVD download music/​an album/​a song/​a demo/​a videoPlaying play a musical instrument/​the piano/​percussion/​a note/​a riff/​the melody/​a concerto/​a duet/​by ear sing an anthem/​a ballad/​a solo/​an aria/​the blues/​in a choir/​soprano/​alto/​tenor/​bass/​out of tune hum a tune/​a theme tune/​a lullaby accompany a singer/​choir strum a chord/​guitarPerforming form/​start/​get together/​join/​quit/​leave a band give a performance/​concert/​recital do a concert/​recital/​gig play a concert/​gig/​festival/​venue perform (British English) at/​in a concert/(especially North American English) a concert appear at a festival/​live go on/​embark on a (world) tourRecording write/​compose music/​a ballad/​a melody/​a tune/​a song/​a theme song/​an opera/​a symphony land/​get/​sign a record deal be signed to/​be dropped by a record company record/​release/​put out an album/​a single/​a CD be top of/​top the charts get to/​go straight to/​go straight in at/​enter the charts at number one see also album (2) See related entries: Producing music, Listening to music
  5. highest/best
  6. 4  [countable] the best result or the highest or lowest level that has ever been reached, especially in sport She holds the world record for the 100 metres. to break the record (= to achieve a better result than there has ever been before) to set a new record There was a record number of candidates for the post. I got to work in record time. record profits Unemployment has reached a record high (= the highest level ever). Wordfinderathlete, champion, compete, fixture, match, record, spectator, sport, stadium, tournament See related entries: Athletics
  7. of somebody/something’s past
  8. 5  [singular] record (on something) the facts that are known about somebody/something’s past behaviour, character, achievements, etc. The report criticizes the government's record on housing. The airline has a good safety record. He has an impressive record of achievement. see also track record
  9. of crimes
  10. 6(also criminal record) [countable] the fact of having committed crimes in the past Does he have a record?
  11. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French record ‘remembrance’, from recorder ‘bring to remembrance’, from Latin recordari ‘remember’, based on cor, cord- ‘heart’. The noun was earliest used in law to denote the fact of being written down as evidence. The verb originally meant ‘narrate orally or in writing’, also ‘repeat so as to commit to memory’.Extra examples Apart from a parking ticket ten years before, she had an unblemished driving record. Bob Beamon’s long-standing record for the long jump was eventually broken. Bubka rewrote the pole-vault record books during his career. Do you have a record of how much you spent? Fossil records suggest that the region was covered in water until relatively recently. Given the patchy track record of previous international declarations, is it worthwhile to have such ambitious goals? He compiled a lifetime record of 209–161. He has a long arrest record. He has a spotty military record. He has always kept an accurate record of his spending. He has an appalling record for dishonesty. He has an unenviable record of ill-health. He has equalled the Olympic record. He hopes to equal the Olympic record. He is the latest public figure to go on (the) record about corruption in politics. Her record shows that she is able to compete under great pressure. Her walls became lined with gold and platinum records. His mile record stood for twelve years. I checked the records but nobody by that name has worked here. I got to work in record time. I’ll put on one of my favourite records. If she continues like this she could beat the record. It was the driest summer on record. Lewis established a new world record with a time of 9.86 seconds. Medical records should not be destroyed. No formal record of the marriage now survives. No record exists of a battle on this site. Off the record, he told the interviewer what he thought of his colleagues. On past records, she should have no problem passing the exam. Our record compares favourably with that of any similar-sized company. Prosecutors had subpoenaed his phone records. She called a press conference to set the record straight about her disappearance. She has just set a new world record. She is on record as saying that she once took drugs. The US saw its trade deficit shrink at a record pace in September. The airline’s accident record makes it among the safest. The album earned him his second gold record. The band had a hit record in 1973. The band signed their first record deal a year after forming. The company has maintained an accident-free record since it started business. The historic agreement is preserved in the university records. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in project management. The records contain the bank details of all employees. The records showed that the building had not been inspected for ten years. The teacher spoke to her about her poor attendance record. The university records go back as far as the 13th century. There are cell phone records that prove we were not even in the apartment. There is no exact record of the number of accidents. These viewing figures are an all-time record for a single broadcast. They have a good record for recognizing emerging talent. They have the worst human rights record among member countries. They released their first record in 1963. This period is poorly represented in the geological record. This period of barbarian rule is poorly represented in the archaeological record. Under the law, every citizen has access to their official records. Unemployment has reached a record high. We have no record of your conversation with Mr Smith. When it comes to quality, our record speaks for itself. Who holds the 100 metre sprint record? a record of achievement a verbatim record of the meeting evidence in the geological record records on children’s progress teenagers with a criminal record the government’s abysmal record on crime Auditors inspected their financial records. I asked them to check their records again. I’m talking to you off the record No record of the transaction existed. She welcomed the opportunity to set the record straight. The airline has a good safety record. The body was identified from dental records. The company’s records were neither complete nor up-to-date. The computer automatically updates my records every day. The report criticizes the government’s record on housing. Their records date back to 1846. This seems to be an authentic record of the events around that time. Who has your medical records? Would you go on (the) record as saying that?Idioms
    1. 1used to show that you want what you are saying to be officially written down and remembered Just for the record I would like to clarify something my colleague said earlier.
    2. 2used to emphasize a point that you are making, so that the person you are speaking to takes notice And, for the record, he would be the last person I'd ask.
    like a broken record (British English also like a stuck record)
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    in a way that keeps repeating a statement or opinion in an annoying way I hate sounding like a broken record, but I have to say again, we must do more to help.
    (formal) something that has been recorded as being true if you tell somebody something off the record, it is not yet official and you do not want them to repeat it publicly Strictly off the record, some members of staff will have to be made redundant.
    put/place something on (the) record, be/go on (the) record (as saying…)
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    to say something publicly or officially so that it may be written down and repeated He didn't want to go on the record as either praising or criticizing the proposal. I should like to place on record my sincere thanks to all those who have given support.
    put/set the record straight
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    to give people the correct information about something in order to make it clear that what they previously believed was in fact wrong To put the record straight, I do not support that idea and never have done.
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