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Meaning of register by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • registre ( obsolete )


    From Medieval Latin registrum, from Late Latin regesta ( “list, items recorded” ), from Latin regerere ( “to record, to carry back” ), from re- + gerere ( “to carry, bear” ). Compare Latin registoria ( “a treasurer” ). Some senses influenced by association with Latin regere ( “to rule” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɹɛdʒ.ɪst.ɜː( ɹ )/, X-SAMPA: /"rEdZ.Ist.@( r )/
    • Rhymes: -ɜː( r )


    register ( plural: registers )

    1. A formal recording of names, events, transactions etc .
    2. A book of such entries .
    3. An entry in such a book .
    4. The act of registering .
    5. A device that automatically records a quantity .
    6. ( computing ) Part of the central processing unit used to store and manipulate numbers .
    7. ( telecommunications ) A list of received calls in a phone set .
    8. ( printing ) The exact alignment of lines, margins and colors .
    9. ( music ) The range of a voice or instrument .
    10. ( music ) An organ stop .
    11. ( linguistics ) A style of a language used in a particular context
      My ex-boss used "let go", in the euphemistic register, when he sacked me .
    12. A grille at the outflow of a ventilation duct .


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    register ( third-person singular simple present registers present participle registering, simple past and past participle registered )

    1. ( transitive ) To enter in a register .
    2. ( transitive ) To enroll, especially to vote.
    3. ( transitive ) To record, especially in writing.
    4. ( transitive ) To express outward signs .
    5. ( transitive, mail ) To record officially and handle specially .
    6. ( transitive, printing ) To adjust so as to be properly aligned .
    7. ( intransitive ) To place one's name, or have one's name placed in a register .
    8. ( intransitive ) To enroll as a student .
    9. ( intransitive ) To make an impression .
    10. ( intransitive ) To be in proper alignment .
    11. ( law ) To voluntarily sign over for safe keeping, abandoning complete ownership for partial .


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    See also

    • register in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • register in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Explanation of register by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. enter into someone's consciousness

    2. Did this event register in your parents' minds?
    3. indicate a certain reading

    4. record in a public office or in a court of law

    5. send by registered mail

    6. I'd like to register this letter
    7. manipulate the registers of an organ

    8. be aware of

    9. Did you register any change when I pressed the button?
    10. show in one's face

    11. Her surprise did not register
    12. enroll to vote

    13. register for an election
    14. record in writing

    15. have one's name listed as a candidate for several parties

    1. a cashbox with an adding machine to register transactions

    2. a regulator ( as a sliding plate ) for regulating the flow of air into a furnace or other heating device

    3. an air passage ( usually in the floor or a wall of a room ) for admitting or excluding heated air from the room

    4. memory device that is the part of computer memory that has a specific address and that is used to hold information of a specific kind

    5. the timbre that is characteristic of a certain range and manner of production of the human voice or of different pipe organ stops or of different musical instruments

    6. an official written record of names or events or transactions

    7. a book in which names and transactions are listed

    Definition of register by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Register ( r?j?st?r ), n. [OE. registre, F. registre, LL. registrum,regestum, L. regesta, pl., fr. regerere, regestum, to carry back, to register; pref. re- re- + gerere to carry. See Jest, and cf. Regest.]
      1. A written account or entry; an official or formal enumeration, description, or record; a memorial record; a list or roll; a schedule.

      As you have one eye upon my follies, . . . turn another into the register of your own. Shak.

      2. ( Com. ) A record containing a list and description of the merchant vessels belonging to a port or customs district. A certificate issued by the collector of customs of a port or district to the owner of a vessel, containing the description of a vessel, its name, ownership, and other material facts. It is kept on board the vessel, to be used as an evidence of nationality or as a muniment of title.

      3. [Cf. LL. registrarius. Cf. Regisrar.] One who registers or records; a registrar; a recorder; especially, a public officer charged with the duty of recording certain transactions or events; as, “a register of deeds”.

      4. That which registers or records. Specifically: ( Mech. ) A contrivance for automatically noting the performance of a machine or the rapidity of a process. ( Teleg. ) The part of a telegraphic apparatus which records automatically the message received. A machine for registering automatically the number of persons passing through a gateway, fares taken, etc.; a telltale.

      5. A lid, stopper, or sliding plate, in a furnace, stove, etc., for regulating the admission of air to the fuel; also, an arrangement containing dampers or shutters, as in the floor or wall of a room or passage, or in a chimney, for admitting or excluding heated air, or for regulating ventilation.

      6. ( Print. ) The inner part of the mold in which types are cast. The correspondence of pages, columns, or lines on the opposite or reverse sides of the sheet. The correspondence or adjustment of the several impressions in a design which is printed in parts, as in chromolithographic printing, or in the manufacture of paper hangings. See Register, v. i. 2.

      7. ( Mus. ) The compass of a voice or instrument; a specified portion of the compass of a voice, or a series of vocal tones of a given compass; as, “the upper, middle, or lower register; the soprano register; the tenor register”.

      ☞ In respect to the vocal tones, the thick register properly extends below from the F on the lower space of the treble staff. The thin register extends an octave above this. The small register is above the thin. The voice in the thick register is called the chest voice; in the thin, the head voice. Falsetto is a kind off voice, of a thin, shrull quality, made by using the mechanism of the upper thin register for tones below the proper limit on the scale. E. Behnke.

      A stop or set of pipes in an organ.

      Parish register, A book in which are recorded the births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials in a parish.

      Syn. -- List; catalogue; roll; record; archives; chronicle; annals. See List.

    2. Register ( rĕjĭstẽr ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Registere ( -t?rd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Registering.] [Cf. F. regisrer, exregistrer, LL. registrare. See Register, n.]
      1. To enter in a register; to record formally and distinctly, as for future use or service.

      2. To enroll; to enter in a list.

      Such follow him as shall be registered. Milton.

      3. ( Securities ) To enter the name of the owner of ( a share of stock, a bond, or other security ) in a register, or record book. A registered security is transferable only on the written assignment of the owner of record and on surrender of his bond, stock certificate, or the like.

      Registered letter, a letter, the address of which is, on payment of a special fee, registered in the post office and the transmission and delivery of which are attended to with particular care.

    3. Register, v. i.
      1. To enroll one's name in a register.

      2. ( Print. ) To correspond in relative position; as, “two pages, columns, etc.” , register when the corresponding parts fall in the same line, or when line falls exactly upon line in reverse pages, or ( as in chromatic printing ) where the various colors of the design are printed consecutively, and perfect adjustment of parts is necessary.