(noun, verb)


1. 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

Definition categories: communication, evidence

2. sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove

Similar word(s): disc, disk, platter

Definition categories: man–made, audio

3. the number of wins versus losses and ties a team has had

- at 9-0 they have the best record in their league

Definition categories: quantity, number

4. the sum of recognized accomplishments

- the lawyer has a good record

- the track record shows that he will be a good president

Definition categories: act, accomplishment, achievement

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

Similar word(s): book

Definition categories: communication, fact

6. 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

Definition categories: act, attainment

7. a document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction

- they could find no record of the purchase

Definition categories: possession, document

8. 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

Definition categories: communication, list, listing

Sentences with record as a noun:

- The person had a record of the interview so she could review her notes.

- The tourist's photographs and the tape of the police call provide a record of the crime.

- We have no record of you making this payment to us.

- I still like records better than CDs.

- The heat and humidity were both new records.

- The team set a new record for most points scored in a game.


1. make a record of; set down in permanent form

Similar word(s): enter

Definition categories: communication, preserve, save

2. register electronically

- They recorded her singing

Similar word(s): tape

Definition categories: communication, enter, record

3. indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

Similar word(s): read, register, show

Definition categories: communication, indicate

4. be aware of

Similar word(s): register

Definition categories: perception

Sentences with record as a verb:

- I wanted to record every detail of what happened, for the benefit of future generations.

- Within a week they had recorded both the song and the video for it.

- When the deed was recorded, we officially owned the house.