Definition of register in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrejəstər/


1An official list or record, for example of births, marriages, and deaths, of shipping, or of historic places.
Example sentences
  • While the graveyard register has recorded the names of those buried in the cemetery identity of those buried in some graves is difficult to establish.
  • However, a vote was taken last March among the 25 qualified electors named on the register of electors at Kennedy Street.
  • However, she said there were strong safeguards in her proposals to prevent names being placed unnecessarily on registers or lists.
official list, listing, roll, roster, index, directory, address book, catalog, inventory;
record, chronicle, log, logbook, ledger, archive;
annals, files
1.1A book or record of attendance, for example of students in a class or school or guests in a hotel.
Example sentences
  • Previous investigations have found many MEPs turning up only to sign the attendance register - to receive the daily rate - and then leaving.
  • Among the most popular display items were the large class registers, which recorded the attendance records of children going back to 1910.
  • A collection of exercise books and school registers collected as far back as the early 1900s are also on display.
2A particular part of the range of a voice or instrument: his voice moved up a register she plays a basset horn and relishes the duskiness of its lower register
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  • In his early years, Caruso often ruminated over whether he was a tenor or a baritone, the upper register of his voice being naturally weaker than the lower.
  • The combination of his voice with the lower register of the viola sends shivers down the spine.
  • He projects a tremendous sound across all registers of the instrument, while conveying the poetry of the score.
range, reaches;
notes, octaves
2.1A sliding device controlling a set of organ pipes that share a tonal quality.
Example sentences
  • I always went along when Dad played the organ and one day I started helping to pull the registers, something that maybe had an early influence on the choice of tonal colors that now play an important role in my job.
2.2A set of organ pipes so controlled.
3 Linguistics A variety of a language or a level of usage, as determined by degree of formality and choice of vocabulary, pronunciation, and syntax, according to the communicative purpose, social context, and social status of the user.
Example sentences
  • In some languages, and some registers of English, syntactic tangling like this is normal.
  • For such people, standard English is the register of formal communication, complemented by vernacular usage for other purposes.
  • In addition to regional and social dialects, two other varieties often discussed by sociolinguists are register and style.
4 Printing & Photography The exact correspondence of the position of color components in a printed positive.
4.1 Printing The exact correspondence of the position of printed matter on the two sides of a page.
5(In electronic devices) a location in a store of data, used for a specific purpose and with quick access time.
Example sentences
  • Compilers determine which information should be stored in registers.
6An adjustable plate for widening or narrowing an opening and regulating a draft, especially in a fire grate.
Example sentences
  • Do you regularly look for dirty or blocked heating/cooling registers?
  • You should then adjust the thermostat so that the colder rooms become equally warm to the others, and adjust the dampers and registers in the hotter rooms to bring them down to the same level.
  • To determine the exact width and thickness of the pieces you'll need, lift up a heat register or threshold and measure the exposed ends of the floorboards.
7 short for cash register.
8 Art One of a number of bands or sections into which a design is divided.
Example sentences
  • The image on the verso, divided into three registers, unfolds from bottom to top and from left to right.
  • A handmade, ornamental paper happily festoons the upper register of the work.
  • This is precisely what appears in the lowest register of the window.


[with object]
1Enter or record on an official list or directory: the vessel is registered as Liberian her father was late in registering her birth (as adjective registered) a registered trademark
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  • The wildlife charity registered WWF as a trademark in 1961.
  • A trademark is registered officially, and protects by law a name, symbol, sound, colour or design, which identifies the product in question.
  • No world records were registered in Lisbon 1994, Annecy 1998 and Santiago de Chile two years ago.
record, put on record, enter, file, lodge, write down, put in writing, submit, report, note, log
1.1 [no object] Enter one’s name and other details on an official list or directory: [with infinitive]: 34,500 registered to vote
More example sentences
  • People who do not have their citizenship documents must not be allowed to register to vote.
  • Sometimes voters turned up where they had registered to vote to find their names not on the voters' list.
  • Participants must register between 9.15 and 9.30 am, and the draw for teams will take place afterwards.
enroll, put one's name down, enlist, sign on, sign up, apply
1.2 [no object] Put one’s name in a register as a guest in a hotel.
Example sentences
  • Amy and Jak had become close friends over the past few days, spending most of their time in the hotel room Jak had registered for them under the name of Mr and Mrs William Bracket.
  • A future AORN President could be the person sitting next to you on the bus, sitting next to you in the cafeteria, or standing in line while registering at a hotel.
  • He was in a daze but had enough sense to lie low for a bit and so he registered at a seedy hotel in that part of town, where he hoped no-one would come looking for him.
1.3 [no object] North American (Of a couple to be married) have a list of wedding gifts compiled and kept at a store for consultation by gift buyers.
Example sentences
  • My sister and brother both got married and got to register for gifts.
  • We had gone to a few stores around New York City to register for gifts.
  • Once a couple registers with Frame Masters Gallery, Berry calls the florist who then delivers flowers to the bride-to-be.
1.4Entrust (a letter or parcel) to a post office for transmission by registered mail: (as adjective registered) a registered letter
More example sentences
  • Also, those not home to sign for parcels and registered letters have had to make the journey to the main post-offices in the city and Dungarvan to collect their post.
  • Your letter didn't state whether you registered the mail, but if you enclosed money in a card without registering the envelope, it is a risk you take.
  • One morning I was dressed in my black negligee when the postman called with a registered letter.
2(Of an instrument) detect and show (a reading) automatically: the electroscope was too insensitive to register the tiny changes
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  • Teletraffic, the importers of the UK-approved speed camera, claim it is impossible to register a false reading from a moving target.
  • But their metal detectors stood mute, registering nothing.
  • The partial vacuum in the chamber will cause the instrument to register, say, 35,000 feet when it is, in fact, only a few hundred feet above sea level.
indicate, read, record, show, display
2.1 [no object, with complement] (Of an event) give rise to a specified reading on an instrument: the blast registered 5.4 on the Richter scale
More example sentences
  • Be sure to check that the internal temperature registers at 190°F.
3Express or convey (an opinion or emotion): I wish to register an objection he did not register much surprise at this.
More example sentences
  • We published a short notice about this in our last issue and some of you have gone to our website to view a demonstration and register your opinion.
  • A spokeswoman for the show said the response was huge, given the one hour timeframe which the public had to register their opinion.
  • At the heart of the increasing reliance on referenda is dissatisfaction felt by many voters at the difficulty in registering their opinion on a specific issue amid the many other issues brought up at a general election.
display, show, express, exhibit, betray, evidence, reveal, manifest, demonstrate, bespeak
formal evince
3.1 [no object] (Of an emotion) show in a person’s face or gestures: nothing registered on their faces
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  • He looked them over, awe and curiosity registering on his face before he skillfully masked his emotions.
  • A new emotion registered on his face, but it quickly switched again, now to grim thanks.
  • She smiled, the first time in the day that any honest, uncalculated emotion had registered on her face.
3.2 [usually with negative] Properly notice or become aware of (something): he had not even registered her presence
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  • At first in the faded light he fails to notice it, and only registers his presence when his hand reaches out to support his rise to his feet and brushes one of the branches.
  • She must've noticed it without registering it, and that's why she'd had the dream.
  • He doesn't ignore her; just can't seem to register her presence.
3.3 [no object, usually with negative] Make an impression on a person’s mind: the content of her statement did not register
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  • I was only a few paces down the lane when the full impact of the crow's plight registered in my mind.
  • The scene registered on his mind's eye and later he captured it on canvas.
  • Tall, thin Tudor-imitation buildings travel past me, the familiar not registering in my mind, etched in by repetition.
make an impression, get through, sink in, penetrate, have an effect, strike home
4 Printing & Photography Correspond or cause to correspond exactly in position: [no object]: they are adjusted until the impressions register
More example sentences
  • She shot it with a simple device whereby one digital camera could register simultaneous images from two pinholes set at 90 degrees to one another.
  • On a light table, place your negative on top of the print and align it until it is registered.



Pronunciation: /ˈrejəstrəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • In addition to not being registrable, such trademarks are inherently weak in that they don't do a good job of distinguishing the wares or services from those of others.
  • This is a form of retinal disease that causes severe and irreversible vision loss and is the major cause of registrable blindness in people over the age of 50 in the western world.
  • British universities struggled to make medical degrees the sole registrable qualification, but the colleges kept their conjoint diplomas registrable for another century and a half.


Late Middle English: from Old French regestre or medieval Latin regestrum, registrum, alteration of regestum, singular of late Latin regesta 'things recorded', from regerere 'enter, record'.

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Syllabification: reg·is·ter

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