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noun reg·is·ter \ˈre-jə-stər\

Definition of register

  1. 1 :  a written record containing regular entries of items or details

  2. 2 a :  a book or system of public records b :  a roster of qualified or available individuals <a civil service register>

  3. 3 :  an entry in a register

  4. 4 a :  a set of organ pipes of like quality :  stop b (1) :  the range of a human voice or a musical instrument (2) :  a portion of such a range similarly produced or of the same quality c :  any of the varieties of a language that a speaker uses in a particular social context

  5. 5 :  a grille often with shutters for admitting heated air or for ventilation

  6. 6 :  registration, registry

  7. 7 a :  an automatic device registering a number or a quantity b :  a number or quantity so registered c :  cash register

  8. 8 :  a condition of correct alignment or proper relative position

  9. 9 :  a device (as in a computer) for storing small amounts of data; especially :  one in which data can be both stored and operated on

Origin of register

Middle English registre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin registrum, alteration of Late Latin regesta, plural, register, from Latin, neuter plural of regestus, past participle of regerere to bring back, pile up, collect, from re- + gerere to bear

First Known Use: 14th century



verb reg·is·ter

Simple Definition of register

  • : to record information about (something) in a book or system of public records

  • : to put your name on an official list

  • : to show or record (an amount, value, etc.)

Full Definition of register

reg·is·teredreg·is·ter·ing play \-st(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make or secure official entry of in a register b :  to enroll formally especially as a voter or student c :  to record automatically :  indicate d :  to make a record of :  note e :  perceive; also :  comprehend

  3. 2 :  to make or adjust so as to correspond exactly

  4. 3 :  to secure special protection for (a piece of mail) by prepayment of a fee

  5. 4 :  to convey an impression of :  express

  6. 5 :  achieve <registered an impressive victory>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 a :  to enroll one's name in a register <registered at the hotel> b :  to enroll one's name officially as a prerequisite for voting c :  to enroll formally as a student

  9. 2 a :  to correspond exactly b :  to be in correct alignment or register

  10. 3 :  to make or convey an impression

Examples of register

  1. He registered the birth of his child.

  2. She registered her new car.

  3. The car was registered under my name.

  4. The company registered its trademark.

  5. Only 32 cases of the disease have been registered.

  6. Did you register to vote?

  7. She is busy registering the students.

  8. Roast the meat for two hours or until the meat thermometer registers 140 degrees.

  9. an earthquake that registered 6.3 on the Richter scale

  10. The team finally registered a victory after losing three games in a row.

14th Century

First Known Use of register

14th century



noun reg·is·ter

Definition of register

Origin of register

Middle English, probably alteration of registrer

First Known Use: circa 1532

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noun reg·is·ter \ˈre-jə-stər\

Definition of register

  1. 1 :  an official list or book for keeping records of something <Guests signed the hotel register.>

  2. 2 :  a mechanical device (as a cash register) that records items

  3. 3 :  a device for regulating ventilation or the flow of heated air from a furnace



verb reg·is·ter

Definition of register


  1. 1 :  to enter or enroll in an official list or book of public records <I registered to vote.>

  2. 2 :  to record automatically <The thermometer registered 15 degrees.>

  3. 3 :  to show by expression and bodily movements <Her face registered surprise.>

  4. 4 :  to make known officially and publicly <I'd like to register a complaint.>

  5. 5 :  to be recognized or remembered <His name didn't register with me.>

  6. 6 :  to get special protection for (something mailed) by paying extra postage

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