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  • 1A thing constituting a piece of evidence about the past, especially an account kept in writing or some other permanent form.

    ‘you should keep a written record’
    • ‘identification was made through dental records’
    • ‘a record of meter readings’
    • ‘Landmark dates in the history of radio will be illustrated by archive recordings and written records of the time.’
    • ‘The earliest historical records contain evidence of capital punishment.’
    • ‘Travellers in York are compiling a book about their lives which should provide a permanent record of their community's history.’
    • ‘The teenager's dental records will be used to make a final identification during a post-mortem examination.’
    • ‘It is understood the body will have to be identified through dental records.’
    • ‘They seized a huge amount of information, including invoices, computer disks, accounts, letters, records and other documents.’
    • ‘The documentary evidence, records of meetings and intelligence briefings would have been shredded long ago.’
    • ‘For archival purposes, the log can be printed daily or weekly as a permanent record.’
    • ‘Police can already scour chat rooms and internet sites and will examine computer records for evidence of sexual grooming.’
    • ‘We can only analyse and reconstruct history on the basis of the records and evidence that have been preserved.’
    • ‘Historical records provide evidence of at least six volcano slope failures and associated explosive eruptions that occurred over the last century.’
    • ‘I compiled a list last weekend of jobs for this year, and I do want to share it with you and make a permanent record of it for my own purposes.’
    • ‘A transcript will be taken, so that we have a proper record of the evidence given by all our witnesses, and this will be posted on our website later today.’
    • ‘Accounting records and practice have also been presented as evidence to support arguments relating to major social and historical issues.’
    • ‘Recognition of the relationship between psyche and soma dates back to antiquity and is captured in written records and historical accounts.’
    • ‘The Chinese, for instance, have records of the Genesis account and the message of Christ written in the symbols of their language.’
    • ‘As written records developed, they also used wooden writing boards and wax tablets for work which was not intended to be permanent.’
    • ‘Generally, organizations keep records on hand for five years before sending them to the Library of Congress to be preserved.’
    • ‘The fossil record shows that cyanobacteria go back three and a half billion years.’
    • ‘At times those casual little snapshots become the essential records of meaningful events that passed, barely noticed in their day.’
    account, accounts, document, documents, documentation, data, file, files, dossier, dossiers, information, evidence, report, reports
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    1. 1.1Law An official report of the proceedings and judgment in a court.
      ‘In the absence of the file, Ms. Sava arranged for a search of the court record.’
      • ‘On Friday, the official judgment of his conviction was entered into the court record.’
      • ‘Evidence from pages 46, 47 and 48 of the transcript of the examination of Luke Brock was read into the court record.’
      • ‘When a certified copy of the court record was produced indicating the two had been bailed, the prison officials rejected the document and demanded an order from the Nuwara Eliya magistrate courts.’
      • ‘According to the court record, ‘There he was held for about 24 hours.’’
    2. 1.2Computing A number of related items of information which are handled as a unit.
      ‘As our project partners continued to add data and records to the database, the number of users accessing the database alone increased rapidly.’
      • ‘Their efforts frequently result in thousands of database records and numerous Web pages with many interactive features.’
      • ‘Basically they're bogus entities (such as database records, files, spreadsheet entries) that trigger an alarm when accessed.’
      • ‘This schedule ensures that the full-text index is up to date with any additions or changes to database records.’
      • ‘Metadata records need to be created in increasingly automated, streamlined and time efficient ways.’
      • ‘The network metadata attached to the record is usually all that is available for querying.’
      • ‘The key to effective searching of any database is an understanding of the databases structure and its unit records.’
  • 2The sum of the past achievements or actions of a person or organization; a person or thing's previous conduct or performance.

    ‘the safety record at the airport’
    • ‘the team preserved its unbeaten home record’
    • ‘He said the defendant had an exemplary record of lifetime achievement both academically and in hobbies and pursuits he has been involved in.’
    • ‘They fly their Hawk 100 jets at hundreds of miles an hour as low as 300 ft, yet their safety record is exemplary.’
    • ‘The steroid scandal is embarrassing baseball and its fans, leaving some players' achievements and their records very much in doubt.’
    • ‘The project aims to improve poor attendance records and raise achievement.’
    • ‘Over the years, club members have notched up a proud record of achievement in all kinds of sports, from rugby and football to snooker and darts.’
    • ‘He has an excellent record of achievement as a Minister in the Northern Ireland Office and the Department for Work and Pensions.’
    • ‘He is an accomplished military officer with a good record of achievement.’
    • ‘The company described its safety record as impeccable but could appreciate the concerns.’
    • ‘So here is a horse that has already won five Classics with plenty of time on his side to add to a glowing record of achievement.’
    • ‘It prides itself on having a low crime rate and a good record of educational achievement.’
    • ‘Carter profiles 21 high-poverty schools in the US, all of which have outstanding achievement records.’
    • ‘My opening batsman will be Sunil Gavaskar as there is no doubting his record or achievements.’
    • ‘In three years, we have compiled a record of achievement that is impressive by peacetime standards.’
    • ‘It was only a few years ago that he won the World Fly Fishing Championships, adding to his amazing record of sporting achievements.’
    • ‘We have got one of the best road safety records in the world, but we do not do quite as well where children are concerned.’
    • ‘Yet it has one of the worst safety and health records.’
    • ‘And even though Britain has one of the best safety records in the world, 3,500 people died on roads across the country last year.’
    • ‘I'm not sure about that, but they both are considered very safe aircraft with very good safety records.’
    • ‘Historically, Namibia's mining industry has had excellent safety records.’
    • ‘By any standards, it's an extraordinary record of economic achievement.’
    • ‘The credit committee will take into account the savings record of the borrower and their ability to repay on time.’
    • ‘His unblemished driving record began 73 years ago when cars were still something of a luxury to most people.’
    previous conduct, previous performance, track record, previous accomplishments, previous achievements, career to date, history, past, life history, background
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    1. 2.1
      short for criminal record
      ‘A higher proportion of them were under arrest or had previous records.’
      • ‘In passing sentence the judge said that the appellant had an appalling record.’
      • ‘Whenever you are arrested and booked, you officially have a record.’
      • ‘A person who has a record that becomes spent is deemed to have no record of that conviction and need not disclose the record when asked about his criminal record.’
      criminal record, police record, list of offences, list of previous convictions
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  • 3(especially in sports) the best performance or most remarkable event of its kind that has been officially measured and noted.

    ‘he held the world record for over a decade’
    • ‘record profits’
    • ‘he managed to beat the record’
    • ‘He established new records in both these events.’
    • ‘He broke both the British and European records in this event.’
    • ‘Thompson has held world records in four different events, but she hasn't won an individual gold.’
    • ‘At 34 he is one of the oldest members of the team and no longer an automatic choice for the event in which he holds the Olympic record.’
    • ‘That's true of Mark McGwire's unique accomplishment of holding both the rookie and major league records for most home runs in a season.’
    • ‘That means he is now Brazil's record goalscorer at the World Cup.’
    • ‘Some of these records are testaments to remarkable teamwork and the power of momentum.’
    • ‘However to his dismay he feels Brazil's style of play that took them to a record fifth World Cup is destroying the beautiful game.’
    • ‘To restore pride and prestige, he ran the marathon in an Olympic record time.’
    • ‘The goal was timed at six seconds and remains a record in British football.’
    • ‘The time is 10 seconds slower than her world record set at the Olympics two years ago.’
    • ‘Head thrown back in spiritual ecstasy, he won the gold in a then Olympic record time of 47.6 seconds.’
    • ‘Brazil's men have won the World Cup a record five times but their women have missed out on the medals at the last two Olympics.’
    • ‘In fact, he has a few records to beat before he bids goodbye.’
    • ‘‘I wanted to beat the world record but there was so much pressure on me and Jamie,’ he said.’
    • ‘In the qualifying rounds, the in-form Alipov equalled the Olympic record.’
    • ‘He has broken records and played with extraordinary poise and consistency.’
    • ‘At those championships, Thorpe walked away with a record six gold medals.’
    • ‘In his absence, the team parade still managed to break all existing Olympic records for length.’
    • ‘At this pace, we are certain that Carew could have easily gone on to break the major-league record.’
    • ‘A few hours later Dana set an Olympic record with her first throw for gold.’
    best performance, highest achievement, star performance
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  • 4A thin plastic disk carrying recorded sound, especially music, in grooves on each surface, for reproduction by a record player.

    ‘I'm listening to records in my room’
    • ‘Consider the difference between distributing CDs and distributing cassette tapes or vinyl records.’
    • ‘However, the truth is that over time, records and cassette tapes deteriorate and the quality of sound diminishes.’
    • ‘On a plus side, it could also play records, cassette tapes, CDs, and even tune in to radio stations.’
    • ‘Among the couple's collection of Meat Loaf memorabilia are hundreds of signed records and compact discs, clothes and merchandise.’
    • ‘You would never, after all, use records or cassette tapes to share music via the internet.’
    • ‘It was in this newsletter that Jake Ludington announced the release of his new eBook which explains how to convert records and audio cassettes to CD.’
    • ‘Yes, it is possible to buy second-hand records and compact discs, and yes you can save a little money by buying them.’
    • ‘Copyright owners considered that this encouraged copyright infringement and affected revenues as it enabled subscribers to copy the records onto cassette tape.’
    • ‘Some people say it's no big loss, the old vinyl records sound better.’
    • ‘A qualification which might be made of that statement is that, from the listener's viewpoint, CDs are much easier to control than vinyl records or cassettes.’
    • ‘We used to listen to Christmas records on the gramophone every Christmas, pops, clicks, fuzz and all.’
    • ‘If it were true that an established technology could never be dislodged from its niche, we would still be listening to vinyl LP records.’
    • ‘There is a bar, Chinese lanterns, and a hired disc jockey spinning popular records.’
    • ‘He is also an avid collector of albums - some 3,000 records, cassettes and CDs to be precise.’
    • ‘Last week I was carrying a crate of records down the stairs on the way to catch a cab when I lost my footing.’
    • ‘He didn't have a stereo, so he'd come to our house and while we ate dinner, he'd listen to his records in our living room.’
    • ‘His machinery seizes up on a nightly basis: there are long pauses, sighs and the sound of records starting and stopping mid song.’
    • ‘It's enough to make you wish for the days when records sounded good and looked cool.’
    • ‘Stokowski proposed a repeat recording but infuriated him by making cuts in an attempt to squeeze the music onto four records.’
    • ‘This album was probably the debut of Scelsi's music on commercial records.’
    • ‘It would definitely pay for rock and pop lovers to dust down their old vinyl records as music memorabilia can prove a real money spinner.’
    • ‘Looking through my record collection for some suitable background music, I was spoiled for choice.’
    • ‘Sir Thomas Beecham was the first great Delius conductor on records.’
    • ‘Gnedenko enjoyed classical music, and had a large collection of records.’
    1. 4.1A piece or collection of music reproduced on a phonographic record or on another medium, such as compact disc.
      ‘my favorite record’
      • ‘a record company’
      • ‘Too many contemporary film-makers prefer to use collections of pop records for theme music.’
      • ‘I'm more used to the first approach, mainly because I think that's how you make the best records of classical music.’
      • ‘Yes, this includes your favorite music, the records you cannot live or breathe without.’
      • ‘But seriously, can you think of a more evil force in music than the major record labels?’
      • ‘If I was going to do a record of piano music with strings, then I'd go to a big studio.’
      • ‘The new royalties go to the record labels; music publishers require a separate fee.’
      • ‘On display in the next record store, Other Music, is a CD by the young Australian garage-rock band Jet.’
      • ‘Every so often a jazz record label defines the music of its era.’
      • ‘That said it was disappointing not to see obvious links between music publishing and the record industry.’
      • ‘The creation of the Atlantic record label took the music to a wider, more mainstream audience.’
      • ‘I can rarely find anything which I consider to be decent music in our record shops.’
      • ‘This company supplies records from 100 Scottish music labels to record stores UK-wide.’
      • ‘If a person is so close minded that they would not want to listen to our music because of the record label that we are on, so be it.’
      • ‘But you can't build that kind of functionality into a music device because the record industry will go ballistic.’
      • ‘My love for music remained undiminished through school and college, and my first job on a local newspaper, where I started reviewing records for their music column.’
      • ‘What is the fate of retail, of the record stores, when music is free at the point of delivery?’
      • ‘He'd put on his favourite records, sometimes singing along, and I'd make a note of the ones I liked best.’
      • ‘He was also an extremely talented song writer and while in Ballina he wrote and recorded several records with the band.’
      • ‘It was the world's first ever cassette single and the record company took the bold step of not releasing it on vinyl.’
      • ‘What really mattered, though, was the bit in between the records - the sound of his voice and his wry commentary on all aspects of his daily life.’



/ˈrekərd/ /ˈrɛkərd/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Set down in writing or some other permanent form for later reference, especially officially.

    ‘they were asked to keep a diary and record everything they ate or drank’
    • ‘They also had the women keep a daily diary in which they recorded everything they ate.’
    • ‘Use a food diary to record everything you eat and drink on a daily basis.’
    • ‘The statistics show the region has the second highest level of overall crime recorded by the police.’
    • ‘Is it necessary, or even possible, to document and record everything?’
    • ‘Dostoevsky suffered seizures all his life and his writing records the intensity of epilepsy.’
    • ‘A writing tablet recording the sale of a slave in London in about 80-120 AD has been deciphered and placed on display in the Museum of London.’
    • ‘This comment, along with others, was recorded in his writings.’
    • ‘All this is consistent with rabbinic writings recorded many centuries before.’
    • ‘PC Marshall has been responsible for recording crimes of this nature and logging them on a database for statistical reasons.’
    • ‘There were 5.52 million crimes recorded by police in 2001-02, 356,239 more than the previous year.’
    • ‘There must be literally thousands, perhaps millions, of such crimes that are never recorded, that will never see the light of day.’
    • ‘Throughout his manias, Berhman obsessively recorded everything he did and he relied on those notes to create this detailed memoir.’
    • ‘In 1955 fewer than 500,000 crimes were recorded by the police in England and Wales.’
    • ‘She had meticulously recorded all the data concerning his labor.’
    • ‘We also recorded what sort of team (paediatric or adult) primarily cared for the child.’
    • ‘Seven participants reported 11 episodes of mild symptoms as recorded in their daily diaries.’
    • ‘No ruin or individual was too inconsequential to be recorded in her diary.’
    • ‘The children's cough symptoms were recorded daily by the parents into diaries.’
    • ‘The severity of influenza symptoms was recorded twice daily for 21 days on a four-point scale.’
    • ‘It must nevertheless be recorded that a minority of physicists have found themselves unable to accept this view of Quantum Mechanics, so strongly advocated by Bohr.’
    • ‘The difference between the two measurements was recorded.’
    • ‘All the above measurements were recorded in a data table.’
    write down, set down, put in writing, put down, take down, note, make a note of, jot down, put down on paper, commit to paper
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    1. 1.1State or express publicly or officially; make an official record of.
      ‘the coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death’
      • ‘The coroner records a verdict of death by misadventure.’
      • ‘Bradford's Deputy Coroner Mark Hinchcliffe, recording his verdict yesterday, concluded no doctors were to blame.’
      • ‘After hearing the results of the post-mortem carried out by consultant pathologist Dr William Keeley, the coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.’
      • ‘The coroner recorded a verdict of death as a result of an accident.’
      • ‘In August 1994, an open verdict was recorded at an inquest into Mr Webb's death.’
      state, declare, make known, make it known, announce, communicate, mention, say, reveal, divulge, disclose, register, record, put it on record
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    2. 1.2(of an instrument or observer) show or register (a measurement or result)
      ‘the temperature was the lowest recorded since 1926’
      • ‘These waves are recorded by instruments all over the world, allowing scientists to accurately measure distant quakes.’
      • ‘Just as not all species were recorded by both methods, not all species were recorded by both observers.’
      • ‘Numerous irregularities were recorded by observers in these areas during the elections.’
      • ‘An instrument records the electrical activity in your muscle at rest and as you contract the muscle, such as by bending your arm.’
      • ‘All measurements were recorded three times and differences between the observations were negligible.’
      • ‘Peak flow measurements were recorded after each treatment.’
      • ‘In three cases the electronic device could not be made to record a measurement.’
      • ‘Observers recorded the presence of adult peregrines and attempted to classify individuals by sex at cliffs occupied by lone adults.’
      • ‘Blood pressure measurements were recorded for 77% of these people.’
      • ‘At these points, observers independently recorded birds detected, keeping separate field records.’
      • ‘Weight and height measurements were recorded at the beginning of the study and monthly for six consecutive months.’
      • ‘Arterial blood gas measurements were recorded before and after transfer.’
      • ‘Resting pulse rate and three blood pressure measurements were recorded during the visit.’
      • ‘All baseline data and measurements were recorded before randomisation.’
      • ‘Measurements were recorded weekly during the winter and daily during the summer.’
      • ‘Nearly all observers record declines in economic activity in every year since 1998.’
      • ‘Instruments recorded magnetic fields at the surface and pulses of light from three different layers overhead.’
      • ‘Observers also recorded the types of oral cleaning products that were located at the patients' bedsides and in the unit.’
      • ‘As I climb up from the airport my instrument records a 15 to 20 mph wind out of the southeast.’
      • ‘The wire will measure how acidic your oesophagus is and record the results electronically.’
      • ‘The researcher records a score for the number of errors and notes the classifications and type of each.’
      • ‘Data such as hip height measurements and muscle scores were also recorded.’
      indicate, register, read, show, display
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    3. 1.3Achieve (a certain score or result)
      ‘they recorded their first win of the season’
      • ‘Ireland's Derek Burnett made the best possible start when he recorded the perfect score in the first round.’
      • ‘Competing in his first ever octathlon, he recorded a fine score of 4,019 points for an individual seventh place.’
      • ‘Duffey came third last year in a valiant attempt to topple De Beer, who recorded a hat-trick of victories.’
      • ‘Sligo then recorded their first score as the ball was played down the left side to Gerry McGowan, who knocked it over.’
      • ‘With each surfer recording excellent scores, a tie-breaker was required to decide the winner.’
      • ‘He had recorded scores of 12 and 28 in the two games he had played so far in the tournament.’
      • ‘Barnacarroll, who won the title for the first time last year, finished with a flourish and recorded a score of 92 out of a possible 100.’
      • ‘A beautiful sunny day with a fresh breeze greeted the large turnout and some excellent scores were recorded on the day.’
      • ‘Playing in the group behind England, they recorded identical scores for the first 14 holes.’
      • ‘The man of the team was Pinky, who personally recorded a score of twelve under par!’
      • ‘Both teams were the only ones in the field to record a gross score below par for the round.’
      • ‘He had to be content with second after recording a score which would normally be good enough to win most times.’
      • ‘The leader, way out on his own, is Claston Bernard, the only man in the Commonwealth to have recorded a score of over 8,000 points this season.’
      • ‘The Golfing Society had a big turnout of members for their outing to Coolattin Golf Club and some excellent scores were recorded.’
      • ‘By the time Clare recorded their next score Sligo had a further 2-13 on the board and were well out of sight.’
      • ‘Hampshire has also recorded some high scores in the tables, which show the average results achieved by pupils at Key Stage 3.’
      • ‘Allan Walsh recorded the best score on the day with 42, which won him B grade from Keith Knight.’
      • ‘They got off to a good start and had four points on the board before Ardnaree recorded their first score.’
      • ‘They had to practise hard as they were given only one attempt to record the best score.’
      • ‘Sheriff Hutton also recorded their first win of the season with a 4-2 home win over Heworth.’
      achieve, accomplish, gain, earn, chalk up, notch up, turn in
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  • 2Convert (sound or a performance) into permanent form for later reproduction.

    ‘they were recording a guitar recital’
    • ‘I have been trying to find a good freeware program to record my audio tapes using my computer.’
    • ‘Others have the inputs for recording audio from external devices like cassette players.’
    • ‘The debate was being recorded on audio tape and chaired by one of my housemates.’
    • ‘Interviews were recorded on a cassette tape with the subjects' permission.’
    • ‘The policeman switched on the cassette tape, to record every word I said, and turned to me.’
    • ‘In a circular metal container is a spool of audiotape that records the sound of snow falling.’
    • ‘All three were recorded on video tape by closed-circuit television systems.’
    • ‘Data from the display of the radar were recorded on video tape.’
    • ‘An on-board microphone also recorded the sounds of Titan as the probe descended and landed on the moon.’
    • ‘Significantly, the last four minutes and 33 seconds of the chase were recorded on video tape from a police helicopter overhead.’
    • ‘There is no applause, so perhaps this performance was recorded in the studios for a later broadcast.’
    • ‘Movies can be recorded directly onto video tapes.’
    • ‘The boy produced a small tape recorder and began recording the speech.’
    • ‘Production sound is sound recorded on location of the shoot.’
    • ‘Several of those who said they were abused at the time now deny it, and some of them are either on camera or recorded on audio tape saying that nothing took place.’
    • ‘They had even brought a tape recorder to record the game, and wanted to use the recordings on their website.’
    • ‘It still captivates me in the same way as the first time I ever recorded something into a tape recorder and played it back.’
    • ‘A simple hand-held dynamic mic is useful for interview situations and recording a sound at close range.’
    • ‘He then walks around recording sounds of the city: snippets of traffic noises, music, advertisements, private conversations.’
    • ‘All the sound was recorded live, using waterproof microphones.’
    • ‘The weather station also carries a simple microphone to record whatever sounds are made on Titan.’
    • ‘He also sets up a tape recorder to record the meeting.’
    make a record of, make a recording of, tape, tape-record
    make, produce, cut, put on disc, put on tape
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    1. 2.1Produce (a piece or collection of music or a program) by recording a live performance.
      ‘they go into the studio next week to record their debut album’
      • ‘Suddenly you have the ability to listen to almost any piece of music ever recorded whenever you like. This is a million times better than just having a few CDs.’
      • ‘Tzadik has done a typically great job of recognizing and recording an undervalued piece of music.’
      • ‘Lots of the music on the compilation was recorded specifically for the album, and all of it will be new material.’
      • ‘It's one of the most stirring pieces of music ever recorded.’
      • ‘Once I found my way around the main controls, recording this piece took about an hour, since it took several takes to get some of the tracks just so.’
      • ‘The piece was recorded in the summer of 2000 in New Mexico, where Nauman has lived since 1979.’
      • ‘Stokowski recorded this popular piece only one other time and it is a fitting encore to this set.’
      • ‘He has recorded 26 country music albums and used to tour ferociously until a heart bypass operation in 1990 persuaded him to hang up his boots and guitar and run a hotel instead.’
      • ‘He has recorded seven collections to date and his latest CD ‘In the Quiet’ has been his most successful.’
      • ‘Sir Yehudi later recorded this piece again under the baton of Sir Adrian Boult in the same studio.’
      • ‘Given this flair for songwriting, their decision to record a collection of other people's songs seems a little risky.’
      • ‘‘Dust of Luck’ is easily the brightest, cleanest piece of music Lenzi has ever recorded.’
      • ‘According to his biography, he wrote and recorded parts of this album while living in the studio for two months.’
      • ‘And so to Studio 150, named after the venue in Amsterdam where this collection was recorded.’
      • ‘I understand you've spent a lot of time in Montreal over the past year, and recorded part of the album here.’
      • ‘The CD is a collection of earlier pieces, recorded between 1978 and 1996.’
      • ‘The duo recorded the first half of their album in the summer of 2001 and the second half in the summer of 2002.’
      • ‘The Christmas music recorded here - a compilation - shows his debt to the great Venetian composer.’
      • ‘Apparently, he was recording some sections for a CD at the time, scrabbling around in a gravel tray for sound effects.’
      • ‘So this will be the group that recorded the impressive debut disc, Old Souls, about three years ago.’
      • ‘The album was essentially recorded live, in only three weeks, last October.’



/rəˈkôrd/ /rəˈkɔrd/


    a matter of record
    • A thing that is established as a fact through being officially recorded.

      ‘it is a matter of record that the bank deposited $50 million’
      • ‘The facts are a matter of record and any interested party can go to the library and pull out the newspapers of the day and they can acquaint themselves with those facts.’
      • ‘It's now a matter of record that the foundation had in fact been massively under-funded.’
      • ‘As a matter of record, New York City spends a higher portion of its budget on instruction and associated costs within the schools themselves than any of the other 100 largest districts in the nation.’
      • ‘But everything up to the last assertion is a matter of record.’
      • ‘It is a matter of record that the Government has devised a long-term anti-corruption strategy and has committed itself to implementing it.’
      • ‘All of those statements are a matter of record which can be shown to the jury.’
      • ‘It is a matter of record that I had to send lawyer's letters before I could get access to some of the financial information.’
      • ‘All I know is that his vote is a matter of record and something for him to explain.’
      • ‘His significance has become a matter of record; his reputation is now beyond reproach.’
      • ‘As a matter of record, he died in 1997.’
    for the record
    • So that the true facts are recorded or known.

      ‘for the record, I have never been to the apartment’
      • ‘You probably have no further need of my comments, but here, for the record, are a few thoughts as they occurred to me while I was reading.’
      • ‘I wish to state, for the record, that I have yet to buy a tomato this year.’
      • ‘Oh, and just for the record, there is no such thing as a British accent.’
      • ‘I'm not sure how much of a difference this makes, but I'm happy to note it for the record.’
      • ‘I'd like to state for the record, however, that this award won't change me.’
      • ‘No one expects to lose much sleep over it but, for the record, NASA has been sued by three men from Yemen for invading Mars.’
      • ‘I just want to say, for the record, that in times of crisis, it is good to look for some humor.’
      • ‘I would like to clarify for the record that I also opted out of the plan shortly after it was established.’
      • ‘Just for the record, I am generally a well behaved, polite person and like most people will avoid a fight at all costs.’
      • ‘Just for the record, we did not download the information from the internet.’
      • ‘I would like to note for the record that I heard every single child in the class read yesterday.’
    off the record
    • Not made as an official or attributable statement.

      ‘all this is off the record’
      • ‘He confided in us off the record that Teddy Kennedy had declined to run against Nixon that year because he viewed Nixon as unbeatable.’
      • ‘Their first conversation would be off the record.’
      • ‘I had sources - not many, but a few - who risked their jobs to tell me things off the record and I never gave one of them up.’
      • ‘Chatty, charming and a highly entertaining gossip off the record, she picks her words carefully when the tape recorder is switched on.’
      • ‘Because he spoke to me off the record, I will not reveal either his university or the subject he teaches.’
      • ‘I doubt very much that the good judge requested that his inadvertent disclosure be off the record.’
      • ‘However speaking off the record, one player told us about his methods.’
      • ‘The conversation was off the record, and in any event my Hebrew was inadequate.’
      • ‘Well, let's be clear about whether or not this was truly on or off the record.’
      • ‘Certain portions of the interview were off the record, they say, but this wasn't one of them.’
    on record
    • 1

      (also on the record)
      Used in reference to the making of an official or public statement.

      ‘he seems shadowy because he rarely speaks on the record’
      • ‘Other MSPs were critical but too frightened of criticism from their colleagues to speak on the record.’
      • ‘They refused to speak on the record about the report until it is released.’
      • ‘I want to put on the record that I haven't had a penny of public money.’
      • ‘Mr Johndroe was the only official authorised by the White House to discuss the matter on the record.’
      • ‘He never refused a request for a chat even though he rarely spoke on the record.’
      • ‘A Southwest official earlier had gone on record as saying the airline was looking at Pittsburgh as a prime expansion candidate.’
      • ‘No officials have gone on record to comment on this situation as yet.’
      • ‘He has stated on the record that he has ‘no intention’ of remarrying at the moment.’
      • ‘We were told we couldn't take pictures inside and no one would talk to us on the record.’
      • ‘Needless to say, people refuse to go on the record, fearing for their jobs.’
      • ‘Neighbours were today too frightened to go on the record about the trouble he had caused.’
    • 2Officially measured and noted.

      ‘it proved to be one of the warmest Decembers on record’
      • ‘And it's now officially the strongest hurricane on record, in a season which is tied with 1933 as the most intense ever.’
      • ‘The recent election was one of the most violent on record with 2,247 incidents officially reported, including 46 deaths.’
      • ‘The largest dead squid on record measured about 60 ft including the length of its tentacles, but no one knows how big the creatures might grow.’
      • ‘We are at the tail end of what is officially the driest autumn and winter on record.’
      • ‘The tech bubble has burst, the telecom industry is in deep trouble and the economy officially entered recession last year after the longest expansion on record.’
      • ‘May 2004 in Winnipeg was the 5th coldest and 6th wettest on record.’
      • ‘He said capital spending on the area will reach £15 million this year, the highest on record.’
      • ‘A leading insurance company based in Europe said that 2004 was the most expensive year for weather destruction on record.’
      • ‘February and March were exceptionally sunny months and were the sunniest on record in places; in contrast, November was extremely dull.’
      • ‘The attendance of nearly 5,000 was the biggest on record for a match at this level and, just as satisfying, was the exceptional atmosphere at the game.’
    set the record straight
    • Give the true version of events that have been reported incorrectly; correct a misapprehension.

      ‘he was trying to convince his public relations department to let him set the record straight’
      • ‘she wanted to put the record straight and deny that she had ever been convicted’


Middle 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’.