What does register mean?

Definitions for register
ˈrɛdʒ ə stərreg·is·ter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word register.

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?"


  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

  19. Origin: [Cf. F. regisrer, exregistrer, LL. registrare. See Register, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Register

    rej′is-tėr, n. a written record, regularly kept: the book containing the register: that which registers or records: one who registers, as the Scotch 'Lord Clerk Register:' that which regulates, as the damper of a furnace or stove: a stop or range of pipes on the organ, &c.: the compass of a voice or of a musical instrument: (print.) exact adjustment of position in the presswork of books printed on both sides.—v.t. to enter in a register: to record.—adjs. Reg′isterable, Reg′istrable, capable of being registered; Reg′istered, enrolled, as a registered voter.—ns. Reg′ister-grate, a grate with a shutter behind; Reg′ister-off′ice, a record-office: an employment office; Reg′ister-plate, in rope-making, a disc having holes so arranged as to give the yarns passing through them their proper position for entering into the general twist; Reg′istrant, one who registers, esp. a trade-mark or patent; Reg′istrar, one who keeps a register or official record; Reg′istrar-gen′eral, an officer having the superintendence of the registration of all births, deaths, and marriages; Reg′istrarship, office of a registrar.—v.t. Reg′istrāte.—ns. Registrā′tion, act of registering: in organ-playing, the act of combining stops for the playing of given pieces of music; Reg′istry, act of registering: place where a register is kept: facts recorded.—Registration Act, a statute of 1885 extending the borough system of registration to county towns; Registration of British ships, a duty imposed on ship-owners in order to secure to their vessels the privileges of British ships; Registration of copyright, the recording of the title of a book for the purpose of securing the copyright; Registration of trade-marks, the public system of registering such, with a view to secure their exclusive use.—Parish register, a book in which the births, deaths, and marriages are inscribed; Ship's register, a document showing the ownership of a vessel. [O. Fr. registre—Low L. registrum, for L. regestum, pl. regestare-, back, gerĕre, to carry.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. register

    A purchaser has no title to a ship, either at law or in equity, unless he be mentioned in the register. If a vessel, not duly registered, exercise any of the privileges of a British ship, she is liable to forfeiture.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. register

    A list or roll; as, the army register; which is a list of the officers, with rank and date of commission, etc.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of register in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of register in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of register in a Sentence

  1. Bain Capital co-founder Coleman Andrews:

    He rings the cash register for his investors.

  2. Health Minister Rona Ambrose:

    This public register will name and shame those pharma companies.

  3. Donald Trump:

    I only respond to people that register more than 1% in the polls.

  4. Filipe Nyusi:

    Everything indicates that we can register more than 1,000 deaths.

  5. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban:

    All of them would like to go to Germany, our job is to only register them.

Images & Illustrations of register

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Translations for register

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  • سجلArabic
  • registrace, záznam, pasování, rejstřík, soutisk, zapisovač, pasovat, napasovatCzech
  • Register, registrierenGerman
  • καταχωρητής, μητρώο, εγγραφή, καταχώριση, έκταση, δείχνω, εγγράφω, εγγράφομαι, μαρτυρώ, καταχωρώ, καταγράφω, αναγράφω, εξωτερικεύωGreek
  • registriĝiEsperanto
  • registro, registrar, registrarseSpanish
  • ritilä, rekisteri, loki, rekisteröinti, ääniala, ilmaista, rekisteröityä, kirjata, merkitä, rekisteröidä, ojennus, ilmoittautuaFinnish
  • registre, inscription, registre de langue, recaler, imprimer, enregistrer, inscrireFrench
  • sainréim teangaIrish
  • bejegyezHungarian
  • մատյանArmenian
  • gistiIcelandic
  • registrareItalian
  • 등록하다Korean
  • reģistrsLatvian
  • rēhita, pukapuka rēhita, rēhitatangaMāori
  • inschrijvenDutch
  • rejestrPolish
  • registro, registrador, inscrever, registrarPortuguese
  • înregistrare, registru, înregistraRomanian
  • регистрироватьRussian
  • registreraSwedish
  • பதிவகம்Tamil
  • จดทะเบียนThai
  • kaydolmak, yazılmakTurkish
  • đăng kí, đăng ký, ghi danh, vào sổ, gây ấn tượngVietnamese
  • 寄存器Chinese

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