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(1)   The sum of recognized accomplishments
"The lawyer has a good record"
"The track record shows that he will be a good president"
(2)   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"
(3)   Sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove
(4)   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"
(5)   A compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone
"Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record'"
"His name is in all the record books"
(6)   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"
(7)   A document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction
"They could find no record of the purchase"
(8)   The number of wins versus losses and ties a team has had
"At 9-0 they have the best record in their league"


(9)   Be or provide a memorial to a person or an event
"This sculpture commemorates the victims of the concentration camps"
"We memorialized the Dead"
(10)   Indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
"The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"
"The gauge read `empty'"
(11)   Register electronically
"They recorded her singing"
(12)   Make a record of; set down in permanent form
(13)   Be aware of
"Did you register any change when I pressed the button?"

Etymology 1

From , from , from . See record (verb).


  1. Information put into a temporary or permanent physical medium.
    The person had a record of the event in her memory in her brain.
    The tourist's photographs and the tape of the police call provide a record of the crime.
  2. Any instance of a physical medium on which information was put for the purpose of preserving it and making it available for future reference.
    We have no record of you making this payment to us.
  3. A vinyl disc on which sound is recorded and may be replayed on a phonograph.
    I still like records better than CDs.
  4. A set of data relating to a single individual or item.
  5. The most extreme known value of some achievement, particularly in competitive events.
    The heat and humidity were both new records.
    The team set a new record for most points scored in a quarter.

Etymology 2

From , from , from , from + stem of .


  1. To make a record of information.
    I wanted to record every detail of what happened, for the benefit of future generations.
  2. Specifically, to make an audio or video recording of.
    Within a week they had recorded both the song and the video for it.
  3. To give legal status to by making an official public record.
    When the deed was recorded, we officially owned the house.
  4. To fix in a medium, usually in a tangible medium.
  5. To make an audio, video, or multimedia recording.
  6. To repeat; to practice.