Meaning of “record” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun uk us /ˈrekɔːd/

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)