what does "for the record" mean?

for the record
so that (one's own version of) the facts will be known; for open, public knowledge. (This often is said when thereare reporters present.) I'd like to say—for the record—that at no time have I ever accepted a bribe from anyone.For the record, I've never been able to get anything done around city hall without bribing someone.
See also: record
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

for the record
something that you say when you are about to tell someone something important that you want them toremember Just for the record, I've never been to his house and I've only met him a few times, whatever themedia is saying.
See also: record
Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2006. Reproduced with permission.

for the record
1. officially and publicly He is a Congressman known for saying what other politicians will not say for the record.
2. (spoken) so that the facts are clear Just for the record, I was not even born when the events I'm describinghappened.
See also: record
Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2003. Reproduced with permission.

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