Definition of on record in US English:

on record


  • 1Used in reference to the making of an official or public statement.

    ‘he seems shadowy because he rarely speaks on the record’
    • ‘No officials have gone on record to comment on this situation as yet.’
    • ‘Other MSPs were critical but too frightened of criticism from their colleagues to speak on the record.’
    • ‘A Southwest official earlier had gone on record as saying the airline was looking at Pittsburgh as a prime expansion candidate.’
    • ‘They refused to speak on the record about the report until it is released.’
    • ‘Needless to say, people refuse to go on the record, fearing for their jobs.’
    • ‘We were told we couldn't take pictures inside and no one would talk to us on the record.’
    • ‘I want to put on the record that I haven't had a penny of public money.’
    • ‘Neighbours were today too frightened to go on the record about the trouble he had caused.’
    • ‘He never refused a request for a chat even though he rarely spoke on the record.’
    • ‘Mr Johndroe was the only official authorised by the White House to discuss the matter on the record.’
    • ‘He has stated on the record that he has ‘no intention’ of remarrying at the moment.’
    monochrome, greyscale
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  • 2Officially measured and noted.

    ‘it proved to be one of the warmest Decembers on record’
    • ‘The largest dead squid on record measured about 60 ft including the length of its tentacles, but no one knows how big the creatures might grow.’
    • ‘February and March were exceptionally sunny months and were the sunniest on record in places; in contrast, November was extremely dull.’
    • ‘We are at the tail end of what is officially the driest autumn and winter on record.’
    • ‘The recent election was one of the most violent on record with 2,247 incidents officially reported, including 46 deaths.’
    • ‘And it's now officially the strongest hurricane on record, in a season which is tied with 1933 as the most intense ever.’
    • ‘The tech bubble has burst, the telecom industry is in deep trouble and the economy officially entered recession last year after the longest expansion on record.’
    • ‘May 2004 in Winnipeg was the 5th coldest and 6th wettest on record.’
    • ‘He said capital spending on the area will reach £15 million this year, the highest on record.’
    • ‘The attendance of nearly 5,000 was the biggest on record for a match at this level and, just as satisfying, was the exceptional atmosphere at the game.’
    • ‘A leading insurance company based in Europe said that 2004 was the most expensive year for weather destruction on record.’
    recorded, documented, registered, written, chronicled, archived, archive, on record, in writing, on paper
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