Definitions for registerˈrɛdʒ ə stər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

reg•is•terˈrɛdʒ ə stər(n.)

  1. a book in which records of events, names, etc., are kept.

  2. a list or record of such events, names, etc.

  3. an entry in such a record or list.

  4. an official document issued to a merchant ship as evidence of its nationality.

    Category: Navy

  5. registration or registry.

  6. a mechanical device by which certain data are automatically recorded.

  7. Ref: cash register.

  8. the compass or range of a voice or an instrument. a part of this range produced in the same way and having the same quality.

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: stop (def. 35c). 36 3

  9. a device for controlling the flow of warmed air or the like through an opening.

    Category: Building Trades

  10. proper relationship between two plane surfaces in photography, as corresponding plates in photoengraving.

    Category: Photography, Printing

  11. a precise adjustment or correspondence, as of lines or columns, esp. on the two sides of a printed leaf.

    Category: Printing

  12. a variety of language typically used in a specific type of communicative setting:

    an informal register.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  13. a high-speed storage location in a computer's CPU, used to store a related string of bits, as a word or phrase.

    Category: Computers

  14. (v.t.)to enter or cause to be entered in a register.

  15. to cause (mail) to be recorded upon delivery to a post office for safeguarding against loss, damage, etc., during transmission.

  16. to enroll (a student, voter, etc.).

  17. to indicate by a record or scale, as instruments do.

  18. to adjust (fire) on a known point.

    Category: Military

  19. to show (surprise, joy, anger, etc.), as by facial expression or by actions.

  20. to document (a merchant ship engaged in foreign trade).

  21. (v.i.)to enter one's name or cause it to be entered in a register; enroll.

  22. to show:

    A smile registered on her face.

  23. to have some effect; make some impression.

Origin of register:

1350–1400; registre < MF, OF < ML registrum alter. of LL regesta catalog, list, n. use of neut. pl. of L regestus, ptp. of regerere to carry back, pile up, collect =re-re-+gerere to bear, wear



Princeton's WordNet

  1. register, registry(noun)

    an official written record of names or events or transactions

  2. register(noun)

    (music) 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

  3. register(noun)

    a book in which names and transactions are listed

  4. register(noun)

    (computer science) 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. register(noun)

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

  6. register(noun)

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

  7. cash register, register(verb)

    a cashbox with an adding machine to register transactions; used in shops to add up the bill

  8. register(verb)

    record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions

  9. file, register(verb)

    record in a public office or in a court of law

    "file for divorce"; "file a complaint"

  10. register(verb)

    enroll to vote

    "register for an election"

  11. record, register(verb)

    be aware of

    "Did you register any change when I pressed the button?"

  12. read, register, show, record(verb)

    indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

    "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; "The gauge read `empty'"

  13. cross-file, register(verb)

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

  14. register(verb)

    show in one's face

    "Her surprise did not register"

  15. register(verb)

    manipulate the registers of an organ

  16. register(verb)

    send by registered mail

    "I'd like to register this letter"

  17. register(verb)

    enter into someone's consciousness

    "Did this event register in your parents' minds?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. register(verb)ˈrɛdʒ ə stər

    to give your personal information to be included on an official list

    I'd like to register to vote.; Please register with the official at the entrance.

  2. registerˈrɛdʒ ə stər

    to reach a particular level, rate, etc. on a measuring device

    temperatures registering in the upper 90s; an earthquake that registered 7.0 on the Richter scale

  3. registerˈrɛdʒ ə stər

    to notice or become aware

    I explained it, but it obviously didn't register with her.; He didn't register the fact that they were leaving.

  4. registerˈrɛdʒ ə stər

    to clearly show your feelings or thoughts

    a frown which registered her disapproval

  5. registerˈrɛdʒ ə stər

    to officially record a complaint, claim, etc.

    a new system for registering insurance claims

  6. register(noun)ˈrɛdʒ ə stər

    an official list

    a register of practicing doctors

  7. registerˈrɛdʒ ə stər

    the type of language you use depending on the situation you are in

    a formal/informal register

  8. registerˈrɛdʒ ə stər

    a cash register

    There were no $10 bills in the register.


  1. register(Noun)

    A formal recording of names, events, transactions etc.

  2. register(Noun)

    A book of such entries.

  3. register(Noun)

    An entry in such a book.

  4. register(Noun)

    The act of registering.

  5. register(Noun)

    A device that automatically records a quantity.

  6. register(Noun)

    Part of the central processing unit used to store and manipulate numbers.

  7. register(Noun)

    A list of received calls in a phone set.

  8. register(Noun)

    The exact alignment of lines, margins and colors.

  9. register(Noun)

    The range of a voice or instrument.

  10. register(Verb)

    To enter in a register.

  11. register(Verb)

    To enroll, especially to vote.

  12. register(Verb)

    To record, especially in writing.

  13. register(Verb)

    To express outward signs.

  14. register(Verb)

    To record officially and handle specially.

  15. register(Verb)

    To adjust so as to be properly aligned.

  16. register(Verb)

    To place one's name, or have one's name placed in a register.

  17. register(Verb)

    To enroll as a student.

  18. register(Verb)

    To make an impression.

  19. register(Noun)

    An organ stop.

  20. register(Noun)

    A style of a language used in a particular context

    My ex-boss used "let go", in the euphemistic register, when he sacked me.

  21. register(Noun)

    A grille at the outflow of a ventilation duct.

  22. register(Verb)

    To be in proper alignment.

  23. register(Verb)

    To voluntarily sign over for safe keeping, abandoning complete ownership for partial.

  24. Origin: From registrum, from regesta, from regero, from re- + gerere. Compare registoria. Some senses influenced by association with Latin regere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Register(noun)

    a written account or entry; an official or formal enumeration, description, or record; a memorial record; a list or roll; a schedule

  2. Register(noun)

    a record containing a list and description of the merchant vessels belonging to a port or customs district

  3. Register(noun)

    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

  4. Register(noun)

    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

  5. Register(noun)

    that which registers or records

  6. Register(noun)

    a contrivance for automatically noting the performance of a machine or the rapidity of a process

  7. Register(noun)

    the part of a telegraphic apparatus which records automatically the message received

  8. Register(noun)

    a machine for registering automatically the number of persons passing through a gateway, fares taken, etc.; a telltale

  9. Register(noun)

    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

  10. Register(noun)

    the inner part of the mold in which types are cast

  11. Register(noun)

    the correspondence of pages, columns, or lines on the opposite or reverse sides of the sheet

  12. Register(noun)

    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

  13. Register(verb)

    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

  14. Register(verb)

    a stop or set of pipes in an organ

  15. Register(noun)

    to enter in a register; to record formally and distinctly, as for future use or service

  16. Register(noun)

    to enroll; to enter in a list

  17. Register(verb)

    to enroll one's name in a register

  18. Register(verb)

    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


  1. Register

    In linguistics, a register is a variety of a language used for a particular purpose or in a particular social setting. For example, when speaking in a formal setting, an English speaker may be more likely to adhere more closely to prescribed grammar, pronounce words ending in -ing with a velar nasal instead of an alveolar nasal, choose more formal words, and refrain from using contractions such as ain't, than when speaking in an informal setting. As with other types of language variation, there tends to be a spectrum of registers rather than a discrete set of obviously distinct varieties – numerous registers could be identified, with no clear boundaries between them. Discourse categorisation is a complex problem, and even in the general definition of "register" given above, there are cases where other kinds of language variation, such as regional or age dialect, overlap. As a result of this complexity, scholarly consensus has not been reached for the definitions of terms such as "register", "field" or "tenor"; different scholars' definitions of these terms are often in direct contradiction of each other. Additional terms such as diatype, genre, text types, style, acrolect, mesolect and basilect, among many others, may be used to cover the same or similar ground. Some prefer to restrict the domain of the term "register" to a specific vocabulary, while others argue against the use of the term altogether. These various approaches with their own "register," or set of terms and meanings, fall under disciplines such as sociolinguistics, stylistics, pragmatics or systemic functional grammar.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. register

    In cartography, the correct position of one component of a composite map image in relation to the other components, at each stage of production.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    The only autograph album which it costs you money to write in.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'register' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4350

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'register' in Nouns Frequency: #1494

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'register' in Verbs Frequency: #516

Translations for register

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to write or cause to be written in a register

to register the birth of a baby.

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