- 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. music
- 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
- 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 highest/best
- 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 of somebody/something’s past
- 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 of crimes
- 6(also criminal record) [countable] the fact of having committed crimes in the past Does he have a record? Word Origin Middle English: from Old French record
- 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.
- 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.
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. 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.