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Definition of record noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    noun record
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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. was recorded to play a record a record collection a record company (= one that produces and sells records) Topic CollocationsMusiclistening listen to/enjoy/love/ (informal) 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 song/a lullaby accompany a singer/choir strum a chord/guitarperforming form/start/join/quit/leave a band (informal) get/put a band together give a performance/concert/recital do a concert/recital/gig play a concert/gig/festival/venue perform a concert/(live) in 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 on top of/top the charts get to/go straight to/go straight in at/enter the charts at number one
  4. highest/best
  5. 3[countable] the best result or the highest or lowest level that has ever been reached, especially in sports She holds the world record for the 100 meters. 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 position. I got to work in record time. record profits Unemployment has reached a record high (= the highest level ever).
  6. of someone/something's past
  7. 4[singular] record (on something) the facts that are known about someone/something's past behavior, 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
  8. of crimes
  9. 5(also criminal record) [countable] the fact of having committed crimes in the past Does he have a record?
  10. Idioms
      (just) for the record
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    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.
    a matter of record (formal)
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    something that has been recorded as being true
    off the record
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    if you tell someone something off the record, it is not yet official and you do not want them to repeat it publicly Strictly off the record, some staff members will have to be let go.
    put 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'd like to put on record my sincere thanks to all those who supported me.
    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 to be right was, in fact, wrong To put the record straight, I do not support that idea and never have.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: record