There are a few different meanings for the word "record" when it’s used as a noun. In the first set of examples, a record is an athletic performance that is better than anyone else’s.
- How many world records were broken during the Olympic Games in London?
- Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa set a new world record to win the 100-meter breaststroke.
- Dana Vollmer of the United States broke a swimming record in the 100-meter butterfly.
A record could also be in the form of information:
- Leonard’s medical records show that he has a history of heart problems.
- The school doesn’t have a record showing that Sarah attended there.
- The Federal Bureau of Investigations (The F.B.I.) keeps records on people whom they suspect are involved in criminal activity.
A record is also a round disk that was once popular for playing music.
- The Beatles had many hit records during the 1960’s.
- Vinyl records are still available at many music shops.
- Tina’s group wants to make a record, so they’re planning a trip to Nashville.
- Before CDs and digitized music, there were record players that played records. Nowadays, the word "turntable" is used in place of "record player."
record & record player
When this word is a verb, the accent on the second syllable:
- She records music with her computer.
- Do you know how to use your phone for recording video?
- You should record yourself speaking English and listen to it to see how much you have improved.
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This page was first published on July 30, 2012. It was updated on March 18, 2015.