record

1 of 4

verb

re·​cord ri-ˈkȯrd How to pronounce record (audio)
recorded; recording; records

transitive verb

1
a(1)
: to set down in writing : furnish written evidence of
(2)
: to deposit an authentic official copy of
record a deed
b
: to state for or as if for the record
voted in favor but recorded certain reservations
c(1)
: to register permanently by mechanical means
earthquake shocks recorded by a seismograph
(2)
: indicate, read
the thermometer recorded 90°
2
: to give evidence of
3
: to cause (sound, visual images, data, etc.) to be registered on something (such as a disc or magnetic tape) in reproducible form

intransitive verb

: to record something
recordable adjective

record

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noun (1)

rec·​ord ˈre-kərd How to pronounce record (audio)
 also  -ˌkȯrd
1
: the state or fact of being recorded
2
: something that records: such as
a
: something that recalls or relates past events
b
: an official document that records the acts of a public body or officer
c
: an authentic official copy of a document deposited with a legally designated officer
d
: the official copy of the papers used in a law case
3
a(1)
: a body of known or recorded facts about something or someone especially with reference to a particular sphere of activity that often forms a discernible pattern
a good academic record
a liberal voting record
(2)
: a collection of related items of information (as in a database) treated as a unit
b(1)
: an attested top performance
(2)
: an unsurpassed statistic
4
: something on which sound or visual images have been recorded
specifically : a disc with a spiral groove carrying recorded sound for phonograph reproduction

record

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adjective

rec·​ord ˈre-kərd How to pronounce record (audio)
 also  -ˌkȯrd
: of, relating to, or being one that is extraordinary among or surpasses others of its kind
record heat
record sales
… major league baseball is coming off a record year when almost 53 million people attended.Gerald Eskenazi

record

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noun (2)

re·​cord ri-ˈkȯrd How to pronounce record (audio)
: a function of an electronic device that causes it to record
Phrases
for the record
: for public knowledge : on the record
off the record
: not for publication
spoke off the record
remarks that were off the record
of record
1
: being documented or attested
a partner of record in several firms
2
: being authoritative or sanctioned
a newspaper of record
on record
1
: in the position of having publicly declared oneself
went on record as opposed to higher taxes
2
: being known, published, or documented
the judge's opinion is on record
on the record
: for publication

Examples of record in a Sentence

Verb Be sure to record all your business expenditures. There are similar events all throughout recorded history. The thermometer recorded 40 degrees below zero. A seismograph is a device that measures and records the intensity of earthquakes. Please record the television program for me. He recorded the birthday party with his new video camera. He just recorded his latest album. The show is recorded in front of a live audience. The band spent all night recording.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Bam Adebayo recorded 20 points, 12 rebounds and three assists for Miami. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 7 Apr. 2024 After all, the audience records that are being broken now were set in the nineteen-eighties and nineties, when the games were on network television, before ESPN bought the rights and buried them. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2024 Our producer in Gaza, Anas Baba, recorded the sound of a mother wailing over her child who was killed. Greg Myre, NPR, 6 Apr. 2024 Meteorologist Spencer Tangen told the Idaho Statesman the National Weather Service recorded 2.1 inches of snow at its office near the airport Friday. Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman, 6 Apr. 2024 The strongest earthquake ever recorded happened in Chile in 1960. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 5 Apr. 2024 Several people recorded the incident and their reactions to it and shared their videos on social media. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2024 These questions are what initially motivated Lake to record his daughter’s early life. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2024 Over the last half-century, more than 400 quakes of magnitude 3.5 or greater have been recorded across eastern North America, according to the USGS. Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2024
Adjective
The recent influx of migrants — the largest in modern American history — reflects not just a broken immigration system unable to handle record encounters at the border with Mexico, but a trend of instability across the Western Hemisphere that bears no signs of relief. Michael Wilner, Miami Herald, 9 Apr. 2024 Meanwhile, youth unemployment is at record highs while price-conscious consumers are forcing investment away from more premium brands toward cheaper alternatives. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 8 Apr. 2024 The news follows last month’s announcement that book-banning attempts have reached record highs. Ella Feldman, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Apr. 2024 The surge in union interest follows the UAW's strike against the Big 3 automakers last fall, which led to record contracts. Stephan Bisaha, NPR, 5 Apr. 2024 Related article Amid record audiences and surging ticket prices, Caitlin Clark brings ‘more visibility’ to women’s basketball Utah was staying in Coeur d’Alene because of limited hotel space in Spokane, Washington, where the team was due to play its opening games of March Madness. George Ramsay, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 At the time Walker made the statement, in January, the department reported the state in December hit a record high number of jobs for the second straight month, topping 3 million. Ricardo Torres, Journal Sentinel, 29 Mar. 2024 The Royal Maundy Service seemed to be a highlight on Queen Elizabeth’s annual calendar, and King Charles’ mother attended the event almost every year of her record 70-year reign. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024 The Baltimore port is the largest in the US for autos and light trucks, handling a record 850,000 vehicles last year. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 28 Mar. 2024
Noun
The Huskies won their ninth straight NCAA Tournament game by double digits, tying the record of Michigan State in 2001. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2024 The records also indicate that Padilla-Padilla entered the U.S. at some point in 2001 but was later denied entry in 2005 and 2010, the memo states. Grethel Aguila, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 And the release date for the record is going to be in November or something like that. Gen Handley, SPIN, 29 Mar. 2024 In most cases, the electronic health records used by physicians are incompatible with those used by dentists, so sharing information electronically is impossible. Lola Butcher, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2024 The 1950s, proponents contend, marked an inflection point in humanity's impact on Earth, as globalization, increased burning of fossil fuels and the use of nuclear weapons left unmistakable signs of our influence in the geologic record. Jonathan Lambert, NPR, 29 Mar. 2024 About 20 percent of the records at UNC have been flagged so far. Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 That’s the second most triple-doubles in NCAA basketball history for both men and women, coming behind Sabrina Ionescu, who holds the overall record with 26 triple-doubles. Lizzy Briskin, SELF, 29 Mar. 2024 Proulx, 24, finished with eight saves on the night, tying the record for goalies in their NWSL debuts. Jason Mastrodonato, The Mercury News, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, literally, to recall, from Anglo-French recorder, from Latin recordari, from re- + cord-, cor heart — more at heart

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1884, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of record was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near record

Cite this Entry

“Record.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/record. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

record

1 of 3 verb
re·​cord ri-ˈkȯ(ə)rd How to pronounce record (audio)
1
a
: to set down in writing
b
: to deposit an authentic official copy of
record a deed
c
: to register permanently
events recorded in history
d
: indicate sense 1a, read
the thermometer recorded 40°
2
: to give evidence of
3
: to change sound or visual images into a form (as on magnetic tape) that can be listened to or watched at a later time

record

2 of 3 noun
rec·​ord ˈrek-ərd How to pronounce record (audio)
 also  -ˌȯrd
1
: the state or fact of being recorded
on record
2
a
: something that recalls or tells about past events
b
: an official writing that records what has been said or done by a group, organization, or official
c
: an authentic official copy of a document
3
a
: the known or recorded facts about something or someone
my school record
b
: a recorded top performance or achievement
broke the high jump record
4
: something on which sound or visual images have been recorded

record

3 of 3 adjective
rec·​ord
ˈrek-ərd
: setting a record : outstanding among other like things
a record crop
record prices

Legal Definition

record

1 of 2 transitive verb
re·​cord ri-ˈkȯrd How to pronounce record (audio)
1
: to put in a record
2
: to deposit or otherwise cause to be registered in the appropriate office as a record and notice of a title or interest in property
record a deed
record a mortgage
see also recording act
3
: to cause (as sound, images, or data) to be registered on something in reproducible form
record a telephone conversation

intransitive verb

: to record something

record

2 of 2 noun
rec·​ord ˈre-kərd How to pronounce record (audio)
1
: the documentary account of something
confidential medical records
: as
a
: an official document that records the acts of a public body or officer
b
: an official copy of a document deposited with a designated officer
c
: the official set of papers used and generated in a proceeding
the appeals court reviewed the trial record
d
: documented evidence or history of one or more arrests or convictions see also business records exception, public records exception
2
: something (as a disc or tape) on which images, sound, or data has been recorded

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