To chronicle an event is to record it as it happens, and a chronicle is a record of those events. If your grandmother took the time to chronicle the details of her 1910 journey to Japan, you can read her chronicle today.

To chronicle something is to describe past or current events. Chronicle is related to chronological and comes from the Greek ta khronika, which means “annals of time.” Events are usually chronicled in the order in which they occurred. The noun chronicle is a record of things that happened — told in chronological order, like the diary you kept in elementary school. It is a chronicle of those years.

Definitions of chronicle

n a record or narrative description of past events

account, history, story
Parallel Lives
a collection of biographies of famous pairs of Greeks and Romans written by Plutarch; used by Shakespeare in writing some of his plays
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ancient history
a history of the ancient world
a history of a word
case history
detailed record of the background of a person or group under study or treatment
historical document, historical paper, historical record
writing having historical value (as opposed to fiction or myth etc.)
annals, chronological record
a chronological account of events in successive years
biography, life, life history, life story
an account of the series of events making up a person's life
a detailed account or description of something
folk etymology
a popular but erroneous etymology
family history
part of a patient's medical history in which questions are asked in an attempt to find out whether the patient has hereditary tendencies toward particular diseases
anamnesis, medical history, medical record
the case history of a medical patient as recalled by the patient
a biography of yourself
a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)
biographical sketch
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anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events

v record in chronological order; make a historical record

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enter, put down, record
make a record of; set down in permanent form

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