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record

noun     /ˈrekɔːd/ US   /ˈrekərd/
[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
(Definition of record noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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