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

Examples of cash register in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An example of a regressive tax is sales tax, which raises the cost of an item at the cash register regardless of whether the person buying it makes minimum hourly wage or has a six-figure salaried job. Popular Science, "Why it matters that race and ethnicity aren’t recorded by the IRS," 23 June 2020 Her Black cousins and I were accused by a young white girl working the cash register of trying to steal the few tips in her tip cup. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "‘This Is Us’ child actor writes powerful essay about racism," 19 June 2020 The cash register and purchase order system were broken, laptops stolen. Jessica Guynn, USA Today, "Broken glass, broken dreams: Small businesses ravaged by protests and COVID-19 contemplate an uncertain future," 16 June 2020 Marvin hasn't opened the cash register drawer from the night David died. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, "David McAtee's barbecue stand was a safe haven. But one deadly night changed everything," 5 June 2020 Security footage at the Alabama shows that some protesters entered the theater, shook a cash register, climbed on stage and took photos, Mullins said. Mary Colurso |, al, "Alabama, Lyric theaters damaged but undefeated after protests," 5 June 2020 Chas Geiger, co-owner of Geiger’s clothing store on Euclid Avenue, said rioters took nearly everything from the store, including merchandise, computer equipment and cash register tills. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Downtown Cleveland business owners reckon with ‘gut punch’ of damage caused during George Floyd-inspired riots," 2 June 2020 Windows were shattered, drinks were taken, the TV used to display his menu was broken, and his cash register was stolen. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "'It's demoralizing': Business owners eager to get past coronavirus now hit by riots," 31 May 2020 Work sites would need to keep employees 6 feet apart, be at no more than 50 percent capacity, offer personal protective equipment and keep confined space to one person, such as in an elevator or behind a cash register. NBC News, "Boris Johnson announces plan to further relax England's coronavirus restrictions," 29 May 2020

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First Known Use of cash register

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cash register was in 1879

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5 Jul 2020

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“Cash register.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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