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Record appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Hitchcock Hawk Watch Spots Record Raptors
    (Title of an article in the Neola Gazette)

Record appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • May Jo equal the fine record by solving six puzzles a week? (47 letters)
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Usage statistics for the noun record:

spoken English32.14%written English67.86% conversational speech35.11%task-oriented speech64.89% imaginative writing19.54%informational writing80.46%
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Record is sometimes a misspelling of reckon.

The word record is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun record

What does record mean as a name of something?

Record is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: records

  1. anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events
  2. sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove
  3. the number of wins versus losses and ties a team has had
    • example: at 9-0 they have the best record in their league
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic word: number = a concept of quantity involving zero and units
  4. the sum of recognized accomplishments
    • examples: the lawyer has a good record | the track record shows that he will be a good president
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of record: track record
    • more generic words: accomplishment / achievement = the action of accomplishing something
  5. a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone
    • examples: Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record' | his name is in all the record books
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of record: book / record book
    • more generic word: fact = a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened
    • more specific terms:
  6. an extreme attainment; the best (or worst) performance ever attested (as in a sport)
    • examples: he tied the Olympic record | coffee production last year broke all previous records | Chicago set the homicide record
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: attainment = the act of achieving an aim
    • more specific terms:
      • track record = the fastest time ever recorded for a specific distance at a particular racetrack
      • world record = the best record in the whole world
  7. a document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction
    • example: they could find no record of the purchase
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic word: document = a written account of ownership or obligation
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
      • book of account / account book / ledger / leger / book = a record in which commercial accounts are recorded
      • payslip = 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
      • register = 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
      • chequebook / checkbook = a book issued to holders of checking accounts
  8. a list of crimes for which an accused person has been previously convicted
    • examples: he ruled that the criminal record of the defendant could not be disclosed to the court | the prostitute had a record a mile long
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of record: criminal record
    • more generic words: list / listing = a database containing an ordered array of items

Alternative definition of the noun record


  1. An item of information put into a temporary or permanent physical medium.
    • Any instance of a physical medium on which information was put for the purpose of preserving it and making it available for future reference.
    • A vinyl disc on which sound is recorded and may be replayed on a phonograph.
      • [computing] A set of data relating to a single individual or item.
      • The most extreme known value of some achievement, particularly in competitive events.

      Specialised definition of the noun record

      Glossary of sports

      something that represents the greatest attainment so far, especially in sports (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

      best performance in sports that permit an objective assessment of performance (cm-g-s system). A prerequisite is the continuous repeatability of the record attempt under identical conditions. Only if these conditions are met and if a protocol of the record has been provided, is a record recognized by national and international sport federations. Depending on the geographic context one differentiates between club, county, regional, state, national and international (e.g. European, world, Olympic) records. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

      Definition of the verb record

      What does record mean as a doing word?

      Record is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

      verb - inflections: recorded | recording | records

      1. make a record of; set down in permanent form
      2. register electronically
        • examples: They recorded her singing | They will record the duet
        • syntax:
          Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
          [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]The jeweler printed the name | The secretary transcribed the speech
          [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]The secretary transcribed the speech into the record

          Image Creation Verbs (with the same syntax): chronicle, copy, document, duplicate, film, forge, imitate, microfilm, photocopy, photograph, tally, tape, televise, transcribe, type.

        • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
        • synonym of record: tape
        • antonym of record: erase
        • more generic terms: enter / put down = make a record of
        • more specific terms:
          • write / save = record data on a computer
          • tape record = record with a tape recorder
          • prerecord = record before presentation, as of a broadcast
          • cut = record a performance on
          • cut = make a recording of
      3. indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
        • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
        • synonyms of record: read / register / show
        • more generic word: indicate = to state or express briefly
        • more specific words:
          • say = indicate
          • show = give evidence of, as of records
          • strike = indicate (a certain time) by striking
      4. be aware of

      Alternative definition of the verb record


      1. [transitive] To make a record of information.
      2. [transitive] Specifically, to make an audio or video recording of.
      3. [transitive, legal] To give legal status to by making an official public record.
      4. [intransitive] To fix in a medium, usually in a tangible medium.
      5. [intransitive] To make an audio, video, or multimedia recording.
      6. [transitive, intransitive, obsolete] To repeat; to practice.


      1. "Record" is a 2000 South Korean horror film starring Kang Seong-min, Park Eun-hye and Han Chae-young.
      2. "Record" is a 2013 short drama film written by Brook Hely, David Lyons & Trent Roberts and directed by David Lyons.
      3. "Record" is a 2009 drama short film written and directed by Dylan Reibling.
      4. "Record" is a film, directed by Hawraz Mohammed.
        • country: Iraq
        • released in
      5. "Record" is a film, written and directed by Dave Martyn.
        • country: Canada
        • language: English Language
        • genres: Comedy, Drama
        • released in (5 years ago)

      Phrases with Record

      Phrases starting with the word Record:

      1. record hop
      2. record book
      3. record album
      4. Record chart
      5. record cover
      6. Record Label
      7. record jacket

      Phrases ending with the word Record:

      1. Of Record
      2. On Record
      3. re-record
      4. Lap Record
      5. Glue Record
      6. tape record
      7. tape-record
      8. track record
      9. Vinyl Record
      10. world record
      11. Fossil Record
      12. On the Record
      13. Public Record

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      Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Record

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      Google previewThe OTA's Guide to Writing SOAP Notes (2007)

      by Sherry Borcherding, Marie J. Morreale

      The medical record is a compilation of unique personal and medical information relating to a client (Fremgen, 2006). It is also...

      Google previewPython Essential Reference (2009)

      by David Beazley

      Each frame record is a 6—tuple (frame, filename, line, funcname, contextlist, index), which contains the same...

      The first frame record is the caller, and the last frame record is the frame where the exception occurred. context specifies the ...

      Google previewFast Facts About Nursing and the Law (2013)

      Law for Nurses in a Nutshell by Paula DiMeo Grant, RN, BSN, MA, JD, Diana Ballard, JD, MBA, RN

      Timing of Events One of the most important characteristics of a welldocumented medical record is that it specifies when care and treatment were given. For example, the record should specify the precise time a medication was given, when vital ...

      Google previewSecrets of the Blue Cliff Record (2002)

      Zen Comments by Hakuin and Tenkei by Thomas Cleary

      ” —Bodhi Tree Book Review ABOUT THE BOOK The Blue Cliff Record is a classic text of Zen Buddhism, designed to ...

      Google previewImproved Understanding of Past Climatic Variability from Early Daily European Instrumental Sources (2002)

      by Dario Camuffo

      The most well known Swedish meteorological record is that of monthly air temperatures for Stockholm, ...

      Google previewMultilingual Law Dictionary (1979)

      by Lawrence Deems Egbert, Fernando Morales Macedo

      off the record (fpl) hors de procès-verbal 4901. public records fuera de actas archives publiques ...

      Google previewDictionary of Nineteenth-century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland (2009)

      by Laurel Brake, Marysa Demoor

      NURSING RECORD (1888-1956) The Nursing Record was first published as a weekly* journal written by nurses for nurses. It was closely associated with the establishment of the first professional* or- ganization for nurses, the (Royal) British ...

      Google previewEncyclopedia of Prehistory (2012)

      Volume 9: Cumulative Index by Peter N. Peregrine, Melvin Ember

      There isageneral correspondence between our knowledge of the archaeological record and the presenceof research universities ina given area, which is perhaps not surprising. Areaswhere data have beenfound to answer major questions ...

      Google previewWiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Human Evolution, 2 Volume Set (2011)

      by Bernard Wood

      Once upon a time, say 60 years ago, the only background required to appreciate what was known about human evolution was a familiarity with a relatively sparse fossil record, an understanding of the limited information there was about the ...

      Google previewEncyclopedia of Global Change (2001)

      Environmental Change and Human Society

      The record of (A) marine 18O for the past 2 million years (larger values of 18O signify oceanic enrichment in oxygen-18 relative to oxygen-16); (B) approximate ages of glacial deposits for the past 2 million years; and (C) short- and long-term ...

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      Usage statistics about record

      The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

      Usage statistics for the noun record:

      spoken English32.14%written English67.86% conversational speech35.11%task-oriented speech64.89% imaginative writing19.54%informational writing80.46%

      Usage statistics for the verb record:

      conversational speech70.37%task-oriented speech29.63%

      Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun record:


      Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb record:


      Comparison of usage frequency between the verb record and its most common antonym:


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      Small photo of A retro-styled spinning record vinyl player. Vintage shot of old gramophone, playing close up. Beautiful colorful movie. Neon violet led light.Small photo of Record storeSmall photo of Records in a record store More...

      Video language resources about Record

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      View more videos about Of Record, On Record, The Record, Record chart, Track Record, Vinyl record, World Record, Public Record, Medical record, Business record, Criminal record, and Phonograph Record.

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      Sign language

      Introduction to business 6: Record keeping (Sign Language)

      Learn about keeping records when you're in business for yourself.

      Quotes about Record

      I'm usually going to make a record, finish a record, start a record or start a tour or between tours. (Phil Collins)
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      Scrabble value of R1E1C3O1R1D2

      The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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