register

noun (1)
reg·​is·​ter | \ˈre-jə-stər \

Definition of register 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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

2a : a book or system of public records

b : a roster of qualified or available individuals a civil service register

3 : an entry in a register

4a : 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 : a grille often with shutters for admitting heated air or for ventilation

7a : an automatic device registering a number or a quantity

b : a number or quantity so registered

c : cash register

8 : a condition of correct alignment or proper relative position

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

register

verb
registered; registering\ˈre-​jə-​st(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of register (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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

2 : to make or adjust so as to correspond exactly

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

4 : to convey an impression of : express

5 : achieve registered an impressive victory

intransitive verb

1a : 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

2a : to correspond exactly

b : to be in correct alignment or register

3 : to make or convey an impression

register

noun (2)

Definition of register (Entry 3 of 3)

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Examples of register in a Sentence

Verb

He registered the birth of his child. She registered her new car. The car was registered under my name. The company registered its trademark. Only 32 cases of the disease have been registered. Did you register to vote? She is busy registering the students. Roast the meat for two hours or until the meat thermometer registers 140 degrees. an earthquake that registered 6.3 on the Richter scale The team finally registered a victory after losing three games in a row.
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First Known Use of register

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for register

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Middle English, probably alteration of registrer

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The first known use of register was in the 14th century

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register

verb

English Language Learners 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.)

register

noun
reg·​is·​ter | \ˈre-jə-stər \

Kids Definition of register

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

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

register

verb
registered; registering

Kids Definition of register (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2 : to record automatically The thermometer registered 15 degrees.

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

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

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

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

register

noun
reg·​is·​ter | \ˈre-jə-stər \

Legal Definition of register 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a written record containing regular entries of items or details specifically : police register

2a : a book or system of public records (as titles or patents)

b : a roster of qualified or available individuals

c : the formal record maintained by a corporation of the names and addresses of holders of its registered securities

3 : registry

4 [ probably alteration of Middle English registrer registrar ] : registrar

register

verb
registered; registering

Legal Definition of register (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make or secure official entry of in a register register a car register a title

2 : to enroll formally especially as a voter or student

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

intransitive verb

1 : to enroll one's name in a register

2 : to enroll one's name officially as a prerequisite for voting

History and Etymology for register

Noun

Anglo-French registre, from Medieval Latin registrum, alteration of Late Latin regesta, pl., register, from Latin, neuter plural of regestus, past participle of regerere to bring back, pile up, collect

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