› [C] a piece of written information about something that is kept so that people can refer to it later: The records show that the company employed a staff of 300 in the 1990s. Keep a record of all transactions. It's important to maintain up-to-date financial records. company/financial/personnel records computer/electronic records › [C] an achievement that is better than anything that has happened before: set/hold/break a record Sales this year have broken all records. Hotel bookings are at a pace to set a new record this year. › [S] the previous behaviour and achievements of a person or an organization: When it comes to dealing with shareholders, his record is impressive. have a good/poor/excellent record on sth They have a very poor record on HR issues.record as sth She defended her record as union chief during a lengthy interview.
be a matter of (public) record › to be officially written down and available to the public: His views on the proposed merger are a matter of public record.
be/go on record › to say or write something officially so that it can be known by everyone: I'm on record as saying that I support the new policy. The chair went on record to say that the committee opposed the proposal. My objections to the scheme are on record.
for the record › used to show that you want something to be written down exactly, or if you want to correct something that someone has said: For the record, I can categorically state that I was unaware of these developments. Just for the record, my title is Dr. not Ms.
off the record › used to show that what is being said is unofficial and should not be written down or told to other people: He insisted that parts of his interview be off the record. Speaking off the record, she admitted that she had doubts about the project.
on record › written down in an official record: Next spring's welfare benefit increases will be some of the smallest on record.
put sth on record › to make sure that something is officially written down so that people will know what has been said or done: I would like to put on record my disagreement with the conclusions of the meeting. → See also attendance record, employer of record, holder of record, owner of record, shareholder of record, stockholder of record, track record