Meaning of “record” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /ˈrekɔːd/
Extra Examples
The investigators have the authority to examine all the company's records.According to our records, she was absent last Friday.On no account must these records be changed.He immediately returned the records to the files.The records show that he has been absent for half of this term's classes.

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).

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.
BEST [ C ]

B1 the best, biggest, longest, tallest, etc:

to set/break a record
He holds the world record for 100 metres.

B1 a flat, round, plastic disc that music is stored on, used especially in the past:

to play a record
off the record

If you say something off the record, you do not want the public to know about it.

put/set the record straight

to tell people the true facts about a situation


[ 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

(Definition of “record noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)