track record


Definition of track record

: a record of past performance often taken as an indicator of likely future performance

Examples of track record in a Sentence

These stocks have a proven track record.
Recent Examples on the Web This evidence about sanctions’ poor track record and boomerang effects has been around for years, and yet Presidents often seem at a loss to do anything but roll out more every time there is an event like the coup in Myanmar. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "Will Biden’s Sanctions Help Restore Democracy in Myanmar?," 24 Feb. 2021 Given law enforcement’s track record when they have been handed broader power in the wake of a horrifying terror attack, those tools may be turned back on the people of this country. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "The Depressing Whiplash of the Senate’s Capitol Riot Hearing," 23 Feb. 2021 Heringer, who wears cochlear implants, was also the recipient of James’s first-impression rose, an accolade that generally has a strong track record for securing a place among the final few contestants. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "A Deaf Woman Is Matt James’s Current Bachelor Frontrunner," 4 Jan. 2021 Turner has a strong track record analyzing FCC broadband data and last year found major errors in Pai's broadband-deployment claims. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "SpaceX won “rural” FCC funding in surprising places, like major airports," 14 Dec. 2020 During his eight years as vice president, Biden had a relatively strong track record on endangered species protections. National Geographic, "Could endangered species and other animals fare better under Biden?," 9 Nov. 2020 At Aetna thru her first year at CVS, Lynch established a strong track record. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Meet the new highest-ranking female CEO in the Fortune 500," 7 Nov. 2020 The board rejected Breed’s prior two Police Commission nominees — Nancy Tung and Geoffrey Gordon-Creed — with many supervisors saying the moment demanded a candidate with a strong track record of advocacy around police reform. Megan Cassidy,, "SF supes approve Malia Cohen for Police Commission," 25 Aug. 2020 The company that Geren didn’t pick, IVP Air, has a strong track record and should have been considered. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "At the Texas Capitol, 1,000 new air cleaning units are installed to fight the coronavirus," 5 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of track record

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for track record

track entry 1 (track-and-field sports)

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The first known use of track record was in 1952

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27 Feb 2021

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“Track record.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of track record

: the things that someone or something has done or achieved in the past regarded especially as a way to judge what that person or thing is likely to do in the future

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