cash register


Definition of cash register

: a business machine that usually has a money drawer, indicates the amount of each sale, and records the amount of money received

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On the main checkout counter sat unused cash register parts being sold for $80. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Former ‘Toys R Us kids’ scour stores as retail icon says so long," 29 June 2018 In addition to collecting more money at the cash register these days, Apple is also raking in more money from sales within its devices. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "iPhone Prices Position Apple for Another Record Quarter," 1 Nov. 2018 Shoppers also are expecting customer service that goes beyond ringing up a cash register. Gerald Porter Jr., The Seattle Times, "Sears files for bankruptcy just as things are looking up for U.S. retail," 15 Oct. 2018 There are dangers, of course, in the U.S. being seen as little more than a giant soccer cash register. Grant Wahl,, "World Cup 2026 Vote Provides the Jolt U.S. Soccer Sorely Needed," 13 June 2018 Two of the men each grabbed a cash register off the counter. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage police seek 4 suspects in Tuesday evening gas station robbery," 18 Apr. 2018 All this is squeezed into a space that’s about the size of a standard closet: 72 scratch-ticket dispensers, a state lottery machine, a thousand blank keys, every major brand of cigarette, and a cash register. Margeaux Sippell,, "This shop is so small the customers have to stay outside," 7 Apr. 2018 King County could require stores that sell guns to post signs at the door and cash register warning that owning a firearm increases the risk of suicide, homicide and other deaths. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "King County proposal would require gun stores to post warnings about suicide, homicide," 23 July 2018 Children are welcome to clatter on a 1912 National cash register that has a register drawer that still works. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "A quiet place to meet old La Porte," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of cash register

1879, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cash register

: a machine used in a store, restaurant, etc., that calculates the amount of cash due for a sale and has a drawer for holding money

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Kids Definition of cash register

: a machine used in a business to calculate the amount of cash due for a sale and having a drawer to hold money

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