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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English recorden ‎(to repeat, to report), from Old French record, from recorder. See record (verb).



record ‎(plural records)

  1. An item of information put into a temporary or permanent physical medium.
    • 2012 March-April, John T. Jost, “Social Justice: Is It in Our Nature (and Our Future)?”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 162: 
      He draws eclectically on studies of baboons, descriptive anthropological accounts of hunter-gatherer societies and, in a few cases, the fossil record.
    The person had a record of the interview so she could review her notes.
    The tourist's photographs and the tape of the police call provide a record of the crime.
  2. Any instance of a physical medium on which information was put for the purpose of preserving it and making it available for future reference.
    We have no record of you making this payment to us.
  3. A vinyl disc on which sound is recorded and may be replayed on a phonograph.
    I still like records better than CDs.
  4. (computing) A set of data relating to a single individual or item.
  5. The most extreme known value of some achievement, particularly in competitive events.
    The heat and humidity were both new records.
    The team set a new record for most points scored in a game.
  • log
  • (information put into a lasting physical medium):
  • (vinyl disk): disc/disk
  • (most extreme known value):
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English recorden ‎(to repeat, to report), from Old French recorder ‎(to get by heart), from Latin recordārī, present active infinitive of recordor ‎(remember, call to mind), from re- ‎(back, again) + cor ‎(heart; mind).



record ‎(third-person singular simple present records, present participle recording, simple past and past participle recorded)

  1. (transitive) To make a record of information.
    I wanted to record every detail of what happened, for the benefit of future generations.
    • 2012 September 7, Phil McNulty, “Moldova 0-5 England”, BBC Sport:
      The display and result must be placed in the context that was it was against a side that looked every bit their Fifa world ranking of 141 - but England completed the job with efficiency to record their biggest away win in 19 years.
  2. (transitive) To make an audio or video recording of.
    Within a week they had recorded both the song and the video for it.
  3. (transitive, law) To give legal status to by making an official public record.
    When the deed was recorded, we officially owned the house.
  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.
  7. (transitive, intransitive, obsolete) To sing or repeat a tune.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
    • W. Browne
      whether the birds or she recorded best
    • Fairfax
      They longed to see the day, to hear the lark / Record her hymns, and chant her carols blest.
  8. (obsolete) To reflect; to ponder.
    • Fuller
      Praying all the way, and recording upon the words which he before had read.
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  • (make a record of information): erase
  • (make an audio or video recording of): erase



record m ‎(plural records)

  1. memory, recollection of events
  2. souvenir

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record n ‎(plural records, diminutive recordje n)

  1. record



From English record.


  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /ʁə.kɔʁ/


record m ‎(plural records)

  1. record (most extreme known value of some achievement)
    Le record du saut en hauteur a été battu par Javier Sotomayor en 1993.


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record m ‎(invariable)

  1. record (sporting achievement; computer data element)