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rec‧ord1 S1 W1


[countable]TC information about something that is written down or stored on computer, film etc so that it can be looked at in the futureCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
keep a record medical/dental records school records historical records a written record record keeping (=the activity of keeping records) the biggest/lowest/highest etc on record place/put something on record (=include something in the official records) be on record (=when something you have said is written down) go on record (=say something to be written down) access to records (=the right to see a record) a record shows something (=something is written in a record)
record of
Keep a record of everything you spend.
The fact that they have had the test will be noted on their medical records.
historical records going back almost 80 years
He had no written records to draw upon.
This month has been the wettest on record.
Only employees have access to bank records.
a politician who has gone on record as opposing the bill

highest/best ever

[countable]DS the fastest speed, longest distance, highest or lowest level etc that has ever been achieved or reached, especially in sportCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
break/beat a record hold a record set a record smash a record (=beat a record easily) equal a record tie a record American English (=equal a record) an all-time record a world record an Olympic record a record number/level/time a record high
As a student, he broke the Scottish record for the 100 metres.
The Americans set a new world record in the sprint relay.
Lewis equalled the old world record of 9.93 seconds.
British exports in 1991 were at an all-time record.
A record number of people have been thrown out of their homes.


[countable]TCRAPM a round flat piece of plastic with a hole in the middle that music and sound are stored on [↪ vinyl]:
I spent a lot of time listening to records.
My dad's got a huge record collection.
a major British record company
record player

past activities

[singular] the facts about how successful, good, bad etc someone or something has been in the past
record of/in (doing) something
Chemistry graduates have a good record in finding employment.
the company's track record in improving conditions
record on
Mr Davis defended the government's record on unemployment (=what they have done about unemployment).

criminal record

a list made by the police of someone's crimes:
a criminal record that included convictions involving drugs

in record time

very quickly:
She was out of bed and ready for school in record time that morning.

off the record

if you say something off the record, you do not want people to repeat what you say, for example in newspapers or meetings:
May I talk to you, strictly off the record?

be/go on (the) record as saying (that)

to say something publicly or officially, so that it may be written down and repeated:
She is on record as saying that teachers are under too much pressure.

for the record

spoken used to tell someone that what you are saying should be remembered or written down:
For the record, the police never charged me.

set/put the record straight

to tell people the truth about something, because you want to be sure that they understand what the truth really is:
I would like to set the record straight on a few points.