What does register mean?

Definitions for register
ˈrɛdʒ ə stərreg·is·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. register, registrynoun

    an official written record of names or events or transactions

  2. registernoun

    (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. registernoun

    a book in which names and transactions are listed

  4. registernoun

    (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. registernoun

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

  6. registernoun

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

  7. cash register, registerverb

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

  8. registerverb

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

  9. file, registerverb

    record in a public office or in a court of law

    "file for divorce"; "file a complaint"

  10. registerverb

    enroll to vote

    "register for an election"

  11. record, registerverb

    be aware of

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

  12. read, register, show, recordverb

    indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

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

  13. cross-file, registerverb

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

  14. registerverb

    show in one's face

    "Her surprise did not register"

  15. registerverb

    manipulate the registers of an organ

  16. registerverb

    send by registered mail

    "I'd like to register this letter"

  17. registerverb

    enter into someone's consciousness

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


  1. registernoun

    A formal recording of names, events, transactions etc.

  2. registernoun

    A book of such entries.

  3. registernoun

    An entry in such a book.

  4. registernoun

    The act of registering.

  5. registernoun

    A device that automatically records a quantity.

  6. registernoun

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

  7. registernoun

    A list of received calls in a phone set.

  8. registernoun

    The exact alignment of lines, margins and colors.

  9. registernoun

    The range of a voice or instrument.

  10. registerverb

    To enter in a register.

  11. registerverb

    To enroll, especially to vote.

  12. registerverb

    To record, especially in writing.

  13. registerverb

    To express outward signs.

  14. registerverb

    To record officially and handle specially.

  15. registerverb

    To adjust so as to be properly aligned.

  16. registerverb

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

  17. registerverb

    To enroll as a student.

  18. registerverb

    To make an impression.

  19. registernoun

    An organ stop.

  20. registernoun

    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. registernoun

    A grille at the outflow of a ventilation duct.

  22. registerverb

    To be in proper alignment.

  23. registerverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. REGISTERnoun

    An account of any thing regularly kept.

    Etymology: registre, Fr. registrum, Lat.

    Joy may you have, and everlasting fame,
    Of late most hard atchievement by you done,
    For which inrolled is your glorious name
    In heavenly registers above the sun. Fairy Queen.

    Sir John, as you have one eye upon my follies, as you hear them unfolded, turn another into the register of your own. Sha.

    This island, as appeareth by faithful registers of those times, had ships of great content. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    Of these experiments, our friend, pointing at the register of this dialogue, will perhaps give you a more particular account. Boyle.

    For a conspiracy against the emperor Claudius, it was ordered that Scribonianus’s name and consulate should be effaced out of all publick registers and inscriptions. Addison.

  2. To Registerverb

    Etymology: registrer, Fr. from the noun.

    The Roman emperors registered their most remarkable buildings, as well as actions. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    Such follow him, as shall be register’d;
    Part good, part bad: of bad the longer scrowl. John Milton.


  1. register

    A register is a small storage area in a computer's central processing unit (CPU) where fast access to frequently used data or instructions is enabled. It's a type of memory that temporarily holds data that's used in arithmetic or logical operations or holds an instruction while the control unit decodes it. Registers are used to speed up the execution of computer programs by providing access to commonly used data with minimal latency. They can vary in size, but usually consist of a small amount of fast storage, typically holding a word of data.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Registernoun

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

  2. Registernoun

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

  3. Registernoun

    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. Registernoun

    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. Registernoun

    that which registers or records

  6. Registernoun

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

  7. Registernoun

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

  8. Registernoun

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

  9. Registernoun

    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. Registernoun

    the inner part of the mold in which types are cast

  11. Registernoun

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

  12. Registernoun

    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. Registerverb

    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. Registerverb

    a stop or set of pipes in an organ

  15. Registernoun

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

  16. Registernoun

    to enroll; to enter in a list

  17. Registerverb

    to enroll one's name in a register

  18. Registerverb

    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. Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. register

    To type or write data, information or fact on a document, software, network, online system or computer system.

    They did register their marriage and are so grateful to be together as that is what they have chosen.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

  2. register

    To write or type data, fact, information, research or statistics onto a document.

    We did register our marriage at the civil ceremony.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 17, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Register is ranked #3914 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Register surname appeared 9,075 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Register.

    84.2% or 7,646 total occurrences were White.
    11.3% or 1,033 total occurrences were Black.
    1.7% or 155 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 142 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 59 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 40 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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. Alexander Acosta:

    The crimes committed by Epstein are horrific, and I am pleased that NY prosecutors are moving forward with a case based on new evidence, with the evidence available more than a decade ago, federal prosecutors insisted that Epstein go to jail, register as a sex offender and put the world on notice that he was a sexual predator.

  2. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Sipa USA/POOL:

    I'm in my office rather than the committee room because once again the chair has failed to make room for all members on the dais. I again want to register my strong protest of this dereliction of basic responsibility and comity.

  3. Chuck Grassley:

    Mr. Simpson’s company, Fusion GPS, is the same firm that oversaw the creation of the unverified Trump Dossier, it is vital for the Committee to fully understand Fusion’s failure to register under FARA and its role in the creating and spreading of the dossier.

  4. E. M. Forster:

    A funeral is not death, any more than baptism is birth or marriage union. All three are the clumsy devices, coming now too late, now too early, by which Society would register the quick motions of man.

  5. Edward Gibbon:

    History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.

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Translations for register

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  • سجلArabic
  • napasovat, soutisk, rejstřík, pasování, zapisovač, záznam, registrace, pasovatCzech
  • registrieren, RegisterGerman
  • εγγράφομαι, μαρτυρώ, καταχωρητής, καταχωρώ, καταγράφω, δείχνω, έκταση, εγγράφω, εγγραφή, καταχώριση, αναγράφω, μητρώο, εξωτερικεύωGreek
  • registriĝiEsperanto
  • registrar, registro, registrarseSpanish
  • merkitä, rekisteröityä, rekisteri, ilmaista, kirjata, ritilä, loki, rekisteröidä, ilmoittautua, ojennus, ääniala, rekisteröintiFinnish
  • registre, imprimer, enregistrer, inscrire, recaler, inscription, registre de langueFrench
  • sainréim teangaIrish
  • bejegyezHungarian
  • մատյանArmenian
  • gistiIcelandic
  • registrareItalian
  • הירשםHebrew
  • 등록하다Korean
  • reģistrsLatvian
  • rēhita, pukapuka rēhita, rēhitatangaMāori
  • inschrijvenDutch
  • rejestrPolish
  • registrador, registro, registrar, inscreverPortuguese
  • înregistra, registru, înregistrareRomanian
  • регистрироватьRussian
  • registreraSwedish
  • பதிவகம்Tamil
  • จดทะเบียนThai
  • yazılmak, kaydolmakTurkish
  • gây ấn tượng, vào sổ, ghi danh, đăng kí, đăng kýVietnamese
  • 寄存器Chinese

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