Record started off meaning "to register," with a record being something written down. With the invention of the phonograph, record came to mean to capture sound––and a record was something that stored that sound.

Bands record songs. If you record (re-CORD) your thoughts in a diary, you are making a record (REC-urd) of your life. If you get caught stealing, you'll find yourself with a criminal record, but if you're under eighteen, the theft will not appear on your permanent record. We look to the historical record to learn what happened in the past.

Primary Meanings of record

anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events
make a record of; set down in permanent form
Full Definitions of record

n anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events

“the film provided a valuable record of stage techniques”
Domesday Book
record of a British census and land survey in 1085-1086 ordered by William the Conqueror
Combined DNA Index System
the DNA file maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
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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written account, written record
a written document preserving knowledge of facts or events
a record of things worth remembering
check stub, counterfoil, stub
the part of a check that is retained as a record
data file, file
a set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together
account, chronicle, history, story
a record or narrative description of past events
working papers
records kept of activities involved in carrying out a project
blotter, charge sheet, day book, police blotter, rap sheet
the daily written record of events (as arrests) in a police station
a book in which detailed written records of a case are kept and which are a source of information for subsequent work
a record of events in the order of their occurrence
a collection of papers containing detailed information about a particular person or subject (usually a person's record)
an item inserted in a written record
a written record of events on a voyage (of a ship or plane)
a written record of messages sent or received
a brief written record
paper trail
the written evidence of someone's activities
a card recording an employee's starting and quitting times each work day
time sheet
a record of the hours worked by employees
copy, transcript
a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record)
register, registry
an official written record of names or events or transactions
minutes, proceedings, transactions
a written account of what transpired at a meeting
minute book
a book in which minutes have been written
computer file
(computer science) a file maintained in computer-readable form
mug book, mug file
a file of mug shots (pictures of criminals that are kept on file by the police)
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
statute book
a record of the whole body of legislation in a given jurisdiction
interlingual rendition, rendering, translation, version
a written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication in a first language
a piece of paper recording work planned or done on a project
tickler, tickler file
a file of memoranda or notices that remind of things to be done
a detailed account or description of something
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an indication that makes something evident

n a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone

“Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record'”
book, record book
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a book in which the log is written
won-lost record
(sports) a record of win versus losses
card, scorecard
(golf) a record of scores (as in golf)
bell book
a logbook in which all orders concerning the main engines of a ship are recorded
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a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened

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

“the prostitute had a record a mile long”
criminal record
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list, listing
a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)

n a document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction

“they could find no record of the purchase”
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balance sheet
a record of the financial situation of an institution on a particular date by listing its assets and the claims against those assets
expense record
a written record of money spent
account book, book, book of account, ledger, leger
a record in which commercial accounts are recorded
a slip of paper included with your pay that records how much money you have earned and how much tax or insurance etc. has been taken out
a book in which names and transactions are listed
bankbook, passbook
a record of deposits and withdrawals and interest held by depositors at certain banks
checkbook, chequebook
a book issued to holders of checking accounts
cost ledger
ledger showing the accumulated costs classified in various ways
general ledger
the ledger that contains all of the financial accounts of a business; contains offsetting debit and credit accounts (including control accounts)
subsidiary ledger
details of an account supporting the amount stated in the general ledger
daybook, journal
a ledger in which transactions have been recorded as they occurred
accounting, accounting system, method of accounting
a bookkeeper's chronological list of related debits and credits of a business; forms part of a ledger of accounts
(accounting) the value of a firm's current assets including raw materials and work in progress and finished goods
payroll, paysheet
a list of employees and their salaries
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a written account of ownership or obligation

n sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove

disc, disk, phonograph record, phonograph recording, platter
a long-playing phonograph record; designed to be played at 33.3 rpm
78, seventy-eight
a shellac based phonograph record that played at 78 revolutions per minute
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audio, audio recording, sound recording
a recording of acoustic signals

n the sum of recognized accomplishments

“the lawyer has a good record
“the track record shows that he will be a good president”
track record
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accomplishment, achievement
the action of accomplishing something

n the number of wins versus losses and ties a team has had

“at 9-0 they have the best record in their league”
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a concept of quantity involving zero and units

n an extreme attainment; the best (or worst) performance ever attested (as in a sport)

“he tied the Olympic record
“coffee production last year broke all previous records
“Chicago set the homicide record
track record
the fastest time ever recorded for a specific distance at a particular racetrack
world record
the best record in the whole world
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the act of achieving an aim

v make a record of; set down in permanent form

enter, put down
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chalk up, tally
keep score, as in games
clock in, clock on, punch in
register one's arrival at work
register electronically
make a record of additions to a collection, such as a library
display, as of records in sports games
ring up
to perform and record a sale on a cash register
record in a ship's manifest
write, engrave, or print as a lasting record
record in chronological order; make a historical record
file, file away
place in a container for keeping records
record in detail
enter into a log, as on ships and planes
clock up, log up
record a distance travelled; on planes and cars
film, shoot, take
make a film or photograph of something
tape, videotape
record on videotape
photograph, shoot, snap
record on photographic film
mark, score
make underscoring marks
notch a surface to record something
keep, maintain
maintain by writing regular records
record in film
record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions
record a charge in a police register
cancel, invalidate
make invalid for use
save, write
record data on a computer
tape record
record with a tape recorder
record before presentation, as of a broadcast
file, register
record in a public office or in a court of law
photograph again
shoot again
take an x-ray of something or somebody
cinematise, cinematize
make a film of or adopt so as to make into a film
record on microfilm
record a performance on (a medium)
make a recording of
grant rights to; grant a patent for
enrol, enroll, enter, inscribe, recruit
register formally as a participant or member
include in a list
fine, ticket
issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty
register in a hotel booker
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preserve, save
to keep up and reserve for personal or special use

v register electronically

“They recorded her singing”
delete, erase
wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information
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save, write
record data on a computer
tape record
record with a tape recorder
record before presentation, as of a broadcast
record a performance on (a medium)
make a recording of
write new data on top of existing data and thus erase the previously existing data
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enter, put down
make a record of; set down in permanent form

v be aware of

enter into someone's consciousness
show in one's face

v be or provide a memorial to a person or an event

commemorate, immortalise, immortalize, memorialise, memorialize
monumentalise, monumentalize
record or memorialize lastingly with a monument
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put in the mind of someone

v indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

read, register, show
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give evidence of, as of records
indicate (a certain time) by striking
establish or verify the usage of
show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given
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to state or express briefly

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