What does record mean?

Definitions for record
rɪˈkɔrd; ˈrɛk ərdrecord

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word record.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. recordnoun

    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"

  2. phonograph record, phonograph recording, record, disk, disc, platternoun

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

  3. recordnoun

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

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

  4. record, track recordnoun

    the sum of recognized accomplishments

    "the lawyer has a good record"; "the track record shows that he will be a good president"

  5. record, record book, booknoun

    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. recordnoun

    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"

  7. recordnoun

    a document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction

    "they could find no record of the purchase"

  8. criminal record, recordverb

    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"

  9. record, enter, put downverb

    make a record of; set down in permanent form

  10. record, tapeverb

    register electronically

    "They recorded her singing"

  11. read, register, show, recordverb

    indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

    "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; "The gauge read `empty'"

  12. record, registerverb

    be aware of

    "Did you register any change when I pressed the button?"

  13. commemorate, memorialize, memorialise, immortalize, immortalise, recordverb

    be or provide a memorial to a person or an event

    "This sculpture commemorates the victims of the concentration camps"; "We memorialized the Dead"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Recordnoun

    The accent of the noun is indifferently on either syllable; of the verb always on the last. Register; authentick memorial.

    Etymology: record, Fr. from the verb.

    Is it upon record? or else reported
    Successively, from age to age? William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    It cannot be
    The Volscians dare break with us.
    —— We have record that very well it can;
    And three examples of the like have been. William Shakespeare.

    The king made a record of these things, and Mardocheus wrote thereof. Esth. xii. 4.

    An ark, and in the ark his testimony,
    The records of his covenant. John Milton.

    Of such a goddess no time leaves record,
    Who burn’d the temple where she was ador’d. Dryden.

    If he affirms such a monarchy continued to the flood, I would know what records he has it from. John Locke.

    Though the attested copy of a record be good proof, yet the copy of a copy never so well attested will not be admitted as a proof in judicature. John Locke.

    Thy elder look, great Janus! cast
    Into the long records of ages past;
    Review the years in fairest action drest. Matthew Prior.

  2. To RECORDverb

    Etymology: recordor, Lat. recorder, Fr.

    I made him my book, where my soul recorded
    The history of all my secret thoughts. William Shakespeare.

    He shall record a gift
    Here in the court, of all he dies possess’d,
    Unto his son Lorenzo. William Shakespeare.

    Those things that are recorded of him and his impiety, are written in the chronicles. 1 Esdr. i. 42.

    I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death. Deutr. xxx. 20.

    They gave complex ideas names, that they might the more easily record and discourse of those things they were daily conversant in. John Locke.

    They long’d to see the day, to hear the lark,
    Record her hymns, and chant her carrols blest. Edward Fairfax.

    So ev’n and morn recorded the third day. John Milton.


  1. record

    A record generally refers to a documented account or piece of information that is preserved or stored for future reference. It can pertain to various contexts and can encompass different types of data, including personal records, audio recordings, written documents, official documents, legal records, historical records, financial records, and more. Records serve as evidence, proof, or a means of capturing and retaining important details or events. They can be used for record-keeping, research, analysis, auditing, verifying facts, or providing a historical timeline.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recordverb

    to recall to mind; to recollect; to remember; to meditate

  2. Recordverb

    to repeat; to recite; to sing or play

  3. Recordverb

    to preserve the memory of, by committing to writing, to printing, to inscription, or the like; to make note of; to write or enter in a book or on parchment, for the purpose of preserving authentic evidence of; to register; to enroll; as, to record the proceedings of a court; to record historical events

  4. Recordverb

    to reflect; to ponder

  5. Recordverb

    to sing or repeat a tune

  6. Recordverb

    a writing by which some act or event, or a number of acts or events, is recorded; a register; as, a record of the acts of the Hebrew kings; a record of the variations of temperature during a certain time; a family record

  7. Recordverb

    an official contemporaneous writing by which the acts of some public body, or public officer, are recorded; as, a record of city ordinances; the records of the receiver of taxes

  8. Recordverb

    an authentic official copy of a document which has been entered in a book, or deposited in the keeping of some officer designated by law

  9. Recordverb

    an official contemporaneous memorandum stating the proceedings of a court of justice; a judicial record

  10. Recordverb

    the various legal papers used in a case, together with memoranda of the proceedings of the court; as, it is not permissible to allege facts not in the record

  11. Recordverb

    testimony; witness; attestation

  12. Recordverb

    that which serves to perpetuate a knowledge of acts or events; a monument; a memorial

  13. Recordverb

    that which has been, or might be, recorded; the known facts in the course, progress, or duration of anything, as in the life of a public man; as, a politician with a good or a bad record

  14. Recordverb

    that which has been publicly achieved in any kind of competitive sport as recorded in some authoritative manner, as the time made by a winning horse in a race

  15. Etymology: [OF. recort, record, remembrance, attestation, record. See Record, v. t.]


  1. Record

    The Record is the fortnightly news magazine of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific region of the church. Its office is located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and connected with the Adventist Media Network. The magazine is printed by Signs Publishing Company, located outside of Melbourne, in Victoria. Record was first published in 1898 in Victoria, replacing an earlier title known as the Gleaner. It currently has a circulation of 26,000, mainly to Seventh-day Adventists in Australia and New Zealand. Pablo Lillo is the current editor and has been in the role since late 2009. In April 2010, distribution also commenced in urban areas of the Fiji Islands and Papua New Guinea. Adventists receive it free of charge at church.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Record

    rē-kord′, v.t. to write anything formally, to preserve evidence of it: to bear witness to: to register or enrol: to celebrate.—adj. Record′able, able to be recorded, worthy of record.—ns. Recordā′tion (Shak.), remembrance; Record′er, one who records or registers, esp. the rolls, &c., of a city: a judge of a city or borough court of quarter-sessions: an old musical instrument somewhat like a flageolet, but with the lower part wider than the upper, and a mouthpiece resembling the beak of a bird: a registering apparatus in telegraphy; Record′ership, the office of recorder, or the time of holding it. [O. Fr. recorder—L. recordāre, to call to mind—re-, again, cor, cordis, the heart.]

  2. Record

    rek′ord, n. a register: a formal writing of any fact or proceeding: a book of such writings: a witness, a memorial: memory, remembrance: anything entered in the rolls of a court, esp. the formal statements or pleadings of parties in a litigation.—n. Rec′ord-off′ice, a place where public records are kept.—Beat, or Break, the record, to outdo the highest achievement yet done; Close the record, an act of a Scottish judge after each party has said all he wishes to say by way of statement and answer; Public records, contemporary authenticated statements of the proceedings of the legislature, and the judgments of those higher courts of law known as Courts of Record; Trial by record, a common law mode of trial when a disputed former decision of the court is settled by producing the record.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. record

    To preserve by committing to writing; to make official note of; as, to record the proceedings of a court.

  2. record

    An authentic copy; a statement of the proceedings of a court or board; a written history; an official account or register.

Editors Contribution

  1. record

    To write or type data, fact, information, research or statistics onto a document.

    We did record our marriage on the wedding register at the civil ceremony.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 5, 2016  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Record is ranked #9262 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Record surname appeared 3,515 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Record.

    86.2% or 3,032 total occurrences were White.
    7.4% or 263 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 86 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 80 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 32 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 22 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'record' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #784

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'record' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1026

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'record' in Nouns Frequency: #188

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'record' in Verbs Frequency: #227

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of record in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of record in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of record in a Sentence

  1. Scott Morrison:

    Bob, your record is honored, your legacy is secure and your country will be forever grateful.

  2. Hadi Ghaemi:

    Rafsanjani doesn't have a good track record.

  3. Steffen Sebastian:

    But for Germany, it's a radical change. And it's the ECB's record-low interest rates that are driving this.

  4. Westside Gunn:

    He came over to Alchemist's house. He came over and had the beat. But, when he came over to Alchemist's house with the beat for me, I was playing the' 347' record. That's how he ended up getting on the album rhyming.

  5. Jim Kenney:

    The volume of guns that are in circulation in our communities is at a record-high, [Crime guns] join a sea of illegal and legal guns that are accessible in the heat of the moment, turning what could have stayed an argument into a homicide.

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Translations for record

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  • rekordAfrikaans
  • أسطوانة, سجل, دفتر, رقم قياسي, تسجيلArabic
  • záznam, deska, nahrát, nahrávat, zaznamenat, rekordCzech
  • optegne, markere, registrere, indspille, grammofonplade, post, optegnelse, bevidne, rekord, dokument, plade, optageDanish
  • eintragen, Schallplatte, Datensatz, aufzeichnen, Aufnahme, Bestleistung, protokollieren, Rekord, Aufzeichnung, HöchstleistungGerman
  • αναγράφω, εγγράφω, εγγραφή, καταχώρηση, ρεκόρ, καταγραφή, βινύλιο, δίσκος, γράφω, καταγράφω, ανώτατη επίδοσηGreek
  • rekordoEsperanto
  • registro, récord, anotar, grabar, registrarSpanish
  • رکوردPersian
  • tallentaa, tietue, levyttää, nauhoittaa, LP-levy, levy, tallenne, ennätys, äänilevy, äänittää, taltioida, merkitä, rekisteröidäFinnish
  • record, enregistrement, enregistrer, disqueFrench
  • taifeadIrish
  • अभिलेखHindi
  • rekord, csúcs, feljegyez, felvétel, lemezHungarian
  • գրառումArmenian
  • catatanIndonesian
  • menjar, plata, heimild, met, skrá, hljómplata, skýrsla, færslaIcelandic
  • disco, registrare, primatoItalian
  • תקליטHebrew
  • 収録, 記録, 録画, レコード, 録る, 録音, 記す, 最高記録, 成績Japanese
  • ದಾಖಲೆKannada
  • 기록하다, 레코드, 기록Korean
  • įrašas, diskas, plokštelė, rekordasLithuanian
  • piring hitamMalay
  • rekordNorwegian
  • verslag, record, opnemen, optekenenDutch
  • rekordNorwegian Nynorsk
  • ta oppNorwegian
  • nagraćPolish
  • vinil, gravar, registro, registrar, recordePortuguese
  • discuri, recorduri, disc-audio, disc de gramofon, disc-video, disc, recordRomanian
  • записа́ть, пластинка, грампластинка, запи́сывать, запись, рекорд, граммофонная пластинкаRussian
  • snimak, zapis, slog (m), rekord (m), snimkaSerbo-Croatian
  • platňaSlovak
  • spela in, nerteckning, rekord, inspelning, skiva, platta, post, antecknaSwedish
  • rekodiSwahili
  • பதிவுTamil
  • రికార్డుTelugu
  • บันท� กThai
  • kayıtTurkish
  • записUkrainian
  • ریکارڈUrdu
  • ghiVietnamese
  • רעקאָרדYiddish
  • 记录Chinese

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