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record

noun
 
 
/ˈrekɔːd/
STORED INFORMATION [C, U] B2 information that is written on paper or stored on computer so that it can be used in the future: medical/dental records My teacher keeps a record of my absences. This has been the hottest summer on record (= the hottest summer known about).Official documents
BEHAVIOUR [C] A person's or company's record is their behaviour or achievements: [usually singular] She has an outstanding academic record (= has done very well in school). Of all airlines they have the best safety record.Success and achievementsHigher and lower points of achievementFailuresBehaving, interacting and behaviour
BEST [C] B1 the best, biggest, longest, tallest, etc: to set/break a record He holds the world record for 100 metres.Success and achievementsHigher and lower points of achievementFailuresMaximum and minimum
MUSIC [C] B1 a flat, round, plastic disc that music is stored on, used especially in the past: to play a recordRecording sounds and images
off the record If you say something off the record, you do not want the public to know about it.Secrecy and privacyOn or off
put/set the record straight to tell people the true facts about a situationTrue, real, false, and unrealReasons and explanations
COMPUTER [C] a collection of pieces of information in a computer database that is treated as one unit: You can sort the records on any field. →  See also track record Computer concepts
(Definition of record noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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