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Meaning of record by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Etymology 1

    From Middle English recorden ( “to repeat, to report” ), from Old French record, from recorder. See record ( verb ) .


    Etymology 2

    From Middle English recorden ( “to repeat, to report” ), from Old French recorder ( “to get by heart” ), from Latin recordārī, present active infinitive of recordor ( “remember, call to mind” ), from re- ( “back, again” ) + cor ( “heart; mind” ) .


    • ( RP ) enPR: rĭ'kôd, IPA: /ɹɪˈkɔːd/, X-SAMPA: /rI"kO:d/ or enPR: rə'kôd, IPA: /rəˈkɔːd/, X-SAMPA: /r@"kO:d/
    • ( US ) enPR: rə'kôrd, IPA: /ɹə.ˈkɔɹd/, X-SAMPA: /r@."kO`d/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( ɹ )d
    • Hyphenation: re‧cord


    record ( third-person singular simple present records present participle recording, simple past and past participle recorded )

    1. ( transitive ) To make a record of information .
      I wanted to record every detail of what happened, for the benefit of future generations .
    2. ( transitive ) Specifically, to make an audio or video recording of .
      Within a week they had recorded both the song and the video for it .
    3. ( transitive, law ) To give legal status to by making an official public record .
      When the deed was recorded, we officially owned the house .
    4. ( intransitive ) To fix in a medium, usually in a tangible medium .
    5. ( intransitive ) To make an audio, video, or multimedia recording .
    6. ( transitive, intransitive, obsolete ) To repeat; to practice .
    Derived terms

Explanation of record by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. be or provide a memorial to a person or an event

    2. indicate a certain reading

    3. register electronically

    4. They recorded her singing
    5. make a record of

    6. be aware of

    1. the sum of recognized accomplishments

    2. the lawyer has a good record
      the track record shows that he will be a good president
    3. an extreme attainment

    4. he tied the Olympic record
      coffee production last year broke all previous records
      Chicago set the homicide record
    5. sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove

    6. a list of crimes for which an accused person has been previously convicted

    7. he ruled that the criminal record of the defendant could not be disclosed to the court
      the prostitute had a record a mile long
    8. a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone

    9. Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record'
      his name is in all the record books
    10. anything ( such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph ) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events

    11. the film provided a valuable record of stage techniques
    12. a document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction

    13. they could find no record of the purchase
    14. the number of wins versus losses and ties a team has had

    15. at 9-0 they have the best record in their league

    Definition of record by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Record ( r?k?rd ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recorded; p. pr. & vb. n. Recording.] [OE. recorden to repeat, remind, F. recorder, fr. L. recordari to remember; pref. re- re- + cor, cordis, the heart or mind. See Cordial, Heart.]
      1. To recall to mind; to recollect; to remember; to meditate. [Obs.] “I it you record.” Chaucer.

      2. To repeat; to recite; to sing or play. [Obs.]

      They longed to see the day, to hear the lark

      Record her hymns, and chant her carols blest. Fairfax.

      3. To preserve the memory of, by committing to writing, to printing, to inscription, or the like; to make note of; to write or enter in a book or on parchment, for the purpose of preserving authentic evidence of; to register; to enroll; as, “to record the proceedings of a court; to record historical events.”

      Those things that are recorded of him . . . are written in the chronicles of the kings. 1 Esd. i. 42.

      To record a deed, mortgage, lease, etc., to have a copy of the same entered in the records of the office designated by law, for the information of the public.

    2. Record, v. i.
      1. To reflect; to ponder. [Obs.]

      Praying all the way, and recording upon the words which he before had read. Fuller.

      2. To sing or repeat a tune. [Obs.] Shak.

      Whether the birds or she recorded best. W. Browne.

    3. Record ( rĕkẽrd ), n. [OF. recort, record, remembrance, attestation, record. See Record, v. t.]
      1. A writing by which some act or event, or a number of acts or events, is recorded; a register; as, “a record of the acts of the Hebrew kings; a record of the variations of temperature during a certain time; a family record”.

      2. Especially: An official contemporaneous writing by which the acts of some public body, or public officer, are recorded; as, “a record of city ordinances; the records of the receiver of taxes”. An authentic official copy of a document which has been entered in a book, or deposited in the keeping of some officer designated by law. An official contemporaneous memorandum stating the proceedings of a court of justice; a judicial record. The various legal papers used in a case, together with memoranda of the proceedings of the court; as, “it is not permissible to allege facts not in the record”.

      3. Testimony; witness; attestation.

      John bare record, saying. John i. 32.

      4. That which serves to perpetuate a knowledge of acts or events; a monument; a memorial.

      5. That which has been, or might be, recorded; the known facts in the course, progress, or duration of anything, as in the life of a public man; as, “a politician with a good or a bad record”.

      6. That which has been publicly achieved in any kind of competitive sport as recorded in some authoritative manner, as the time made by a winning horse in a race.

      Court of record ( pron. rkrd in Eng. ), a court whose acts and judicial proceedings are written on parchment or in books for a perpetual memorial. -- Debt of record, a debt which appears to be due by the evidence of a court of record, as upon a judgment or a cognizance. -- Trial by record, a trial which is had when a matter of record is pleaded, and the opposite party pleads that there is no such record. In this case the trial is by inspection of the record itself, no other evidence being admissible. Blackstone. -- To beat the record, or To break the record ( Sporting ), to surpass any performance of like kind as authoritatively recorded; as, “to break the record in a walking match”. Records in many fields of endeavor are listed in the Guiness Book of World Records.