reg·​is·​try | \ ˈre-jə-strē How to pronounce registry (audio) \
plural registries

Definition of registry

2 : the nationality of a ship according to its entry in a register : flag
3 : a place of registration
4a : an official record book
b : an entry in a registry

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Examples of registry in a Sentence

the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles got a copy of the couple's bridal registry from the store's computer and scanned it for items we could afford
Recent Examples on the Web Some are still advocating for a worldwide beneficiary registry of shell companies, which would reveal the true owners. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 4 Oct. 2021 Democrats wanted to change the immigration registry, a once-obscure part of immigration law that allowed certain people in the country since 1972 to apply for citizenship, to be updated to include more recent arrivals. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 The only information available about ZyCoV-D is through its entry in the clinical trial registry, which is not sufficient at the moment. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 23 Aug. 2021 Proceedings at the courthouse, home to district, superior, and probate courts, a law library, the bar association, a satellite office for the district attorney, and the registry of deeds, have been moved to alternate locations during the closure., 4 Sep. 2021 Those measures include more funding for the city’s housing department to share with the public information about tenant rights and to create a registry of rental units. NBC News, 1 Sep. 2021 By that same date, commission must set up a registry of patients and caregivers who can buy the products. Mike Cason |, al, 12 Aug. 2021 City officials know how many guns were purchased in San Jose since 2001, Liccardo said, but the city has no gun registry and no way to track gun owners. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, 1 July 2021 Hayes urged veterans exposed to sign up for the burn pit registry and those feeling ill due to a possible toxic exposure to submit a claim. Brianna Keilar, CNN, 21 June 2021

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First Known Use of registry

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

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The first known use of registry was in 1589

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“Registry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of registry

: a place where official records are kept
: a book or system for keeping an official list or record of items


reg·​is·​try | \ ˈre-jə-strē How to pronounce registry (audio) \
plural registries

Kids Definition of registry

: a place where registration takes place a registry of motor vehicles


reg·​is·​try | \ ˈrej-ə-strē How to pronounce registry (audio) \
plural registries

Medical Definition of registry

1 : a place where data, records, or laboratory samples are kept and usually are made available for research or comparative study a cancer registry
2 : an establishment at which nurses available for employment are listed and through which they are hired

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reg·​is·​try | \ ˈre-jə-strē How to pronounce registry (audio) \
plural registries

Legal Definition of registry

1 : registration an instrument filed for registry in the conveyance recordsLouisiana Civil Code
2 : the nationality of a ship according to its entry in a register
3 : a place of registration : a place where official records and documents are kept the registry of motor vehicles registry of deeds

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