record Definition

  • 1a thing constituting a piece of evidence about the past, especially an account of an act or occurrence kept in writing or some other permanent form
  • 2the sum of the best performances achieved by an athlete, sports team, etc.
  • 3a thin plastic disc carrying recorded sound, especially music, or other visual information stored on film or video

Using record: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "record" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The written record of the meeting will be distributed to all attendees.

  • Example

    She holds the world record for the 100-meter dash.

  • Example

    I bought the new album on vinyl record.

  • Example

    The movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray disc records.

record Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for record

Idioms Using record

  • to make a public statement or official record of one's opinion or position on something


    The CEO went on record to say that the company would not be downsizing.

  • to surpass a previous best performance or achievement


    The athlete broke the record for the most home runs in a single season.

  • to have achieved the best performance or result in a particular activity


    He currently holds the record for the fastest time in the 100-meter dash.

Phrases with record

  • to achieve the best performance ever recorded in a particular activity


    He set a new world record in the high jump.

  • to do better than the previous best performance in a particular activity


    She broke the world record in the 200-meter freestyle swim.

  • information that is given in confidence and not for publication


    Off the record, the politician admitted to taking bribes.

Origins of record

from Old French 'record', from Latin 'recordari', meaning 'remember'


Summary: record in Brief

The term 'record' [ˈrekɔːd] refers to a piece of evidence about the past, such as a written account or a physical object like a vinyl disc. It also denotes the best performance achieved by an athlete or team, as well as other visual information stored on film or video. Phrases like 'set a record' and 'off the record' are common idioms. 'Record' has formal synonyms like 'document' and 'account,' and informal ones like 'info' and 'deets.'

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