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record

verb [T] uk   /rɪˈkɔːd/ us    /-ˈkɔːrd/

record verb [T] (STORE ELECTRONICALLY)

A2 to store sounds or moving pictures using electronic equipment so that they can be heard or seen later: Cliff Richard has recorded more number one hit songs than any other British pop star. We recorded their wedding on video. I tried to phone her, but all I got was a recorded message saying that she was away for the weekend. Was the concert live or was it recorded (= made before being broadcast)?Recording sounds and images

record verb [T] (STORE INFORMATION)

B2 to keep information for the future, by writing it down or storing it on a computer: She records everything that happens to her in her diary. Unemployment is likely to reach the highest total that has ever been recorded. [+ that] In his journal, Captain Scott recorded that he and his companions were weakened by lack of food. The coroner recorded (= decided) a verdict of accidental death.Writing and typingRecording sounds and images C1 If a device records a measurement, it shows that measurement: The thermometer recorded a temperature of 30 degrees Celsius.Weighing and measuring

record

noun uk   /ˈrek.ɔːd/ us    /-ɚd/

record noun (INFORMATION)

B2 [C or U] a piece of information or a description of an event that is written on paper or stored on a computer: The weather centre keeps a record of the weather. This summer has been the hottest on record (= the hottest summer known about).Information and messagesPieces of writing B2 [C] information about someone or something that is stored by the police or by a doctor: A person's medical records are confidential. He is well known to the police and has a long criminal record (= a list kept by the police of his previous crimes).Information and messagesThe police generally C2 [C] the facts that are known about a person or a company and the actions they have done in the past: I won't fly with an airline that has a bad safety record (= whose aircraft have often had accidents).Official documents for the record something that you say before you tell someone something important that you want them to remember: And, just for the record, we were never any more than good friends.Honesty, openness and sincerity

record noun (MUSIC)

B1 [C] a flat plastic disc on which music is recorded: Would you like to listen to some records?Audio and video equipment B1 [C] a song or music that has been recorded and is available for the public to buy: The Beatles' first hit record was 'Love Me Do'.Sound and image recordings

record noun (BEST)

B1 [C] the best or fastest ever done: He ran the 100 metres in 9.79 seconds and broke/smashed the world record. She set/established a new European record in the high jump.Success and achievementsHigher and lower points of achievementFailuresScoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeated

record

adjective uk   /ˈrek.ɔːd/ us    /-ɚd/
at a higher level than ever achieved before: The long hot summer has led to a record harvest this year. Inflation has reached record levels. We finished the work in record time (= faster than had ever been done before).Successful (things or people)
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