a book in which records of acts, events, names, etc., are kept.
a list or record of such acts, events, etc.
an entry in such a book, record, or list.
an official document issued to a merchant ship as evidence of its nationality.
registration or registry.
a mechanical device by which certain data are automatically recorded.
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: the head register; the upper register of the clarinet.
(in an organ) a stop.
a device for controlling the flow of warmed air or the like through an opening, as from a duct to an interior, composed of a number of narrow, parallel blades, usually behind a grating, that may be adjusted so as to overlap and close the opening.
Photography. proper relationship between two plane surfaces in photography, as corresponding plates in photoengraving.
a precise adjustment or correspondence, as of lines, columns, etc., especially on the two sides of a leaf.
correct relation or exact superimposition, as of colors in color printing.
a bookmark, especially a ribbon attached to the spine of a book.
Linguistics. a variety of language typically used in a specific type of communicative setting: an informal register; the register of scientific discourse.
Computers. a high-speed storage location in the CPU, used to store a related string of bits, as a word or phrase.
verb (used with object)
to enter or cause to be entered formally in a register.
to cause (mail) to be recorded upon delivery to a post office for safeguarding against loss, theft, damage, etc., during transmission.
to enroll (a student, voter, etc.) in a school or course of study, on the voting rolls, etc.
to indicate by a record, as instruments do: The thermometer registered 102 degrees today.
to indicate or show, as on a scale.
Printing. to adjust so as to secure exact correspondence; cause to be in register.
Military. to adjust (fire) on a known point.
to show (surprise, joy, anger, etc.), as by facial expression or by actions.
to document (a merchant ship engaged in foreign trade) by issuing a certificate of registry.
verb (used without object)
to enter one's name or cause it to be entered in a register; enroll: to register at a motel.
to apply for and obtain inclusion of one's name on the list of voters.
to enroll in a school or course of study: I've registered for three English classes.
Printing. to be in register.
to show: A broad smile registered on his face.
to have some effect; make some impression: My plea didn't register on him at all.

1350–1400; Middle English registre < Middle French, Old French < Medieval Latin registrum, regestrum, alteration of Late Latin regesta catalog, list, noun use of neuter plural of Latin regestus, past participle of regerere to carry back, pile up, collect, equivalent to re- re + ges-, stem of gerere to bear + -tus past participle suffix; (v.) Middle English registren (< Middle French registrer) < Medieval Latin registrāre, derivative of registrum

registerer, noun
registrability [rej-uh-struh-bil-i-tee] , noun
registrable, registerable, adjective
misregister, verb
nonregistrable, adjective
preregister, verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
reregister, verb
unregistrable, adjective

register, registrar.

1. record, ledger, archive. 2. roll, roster, catalogue, chronicle, schedule, annals. 15. enroll, list, record, catalogue, chronicle. 22. demonstrate, evince. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To re-register
World English Dictionary
register (ˈrɛdʒɪstə)
1.  an official or formal list recording names, events, or transactions
2.  the book in which such a list is written
3.  an entry in such a list
4.  a recording device that accumulates data, totals sums of money, etc: a cash register
5.  a movable plate that controls the flow of air into a furnace, chimney, room, etc
6.  computing one of a set of word-sized locations in the central processing unit in which items of data are placed temporarily before they are operated on by program instructions
7.  music
 a.  head voice See chest voice the timbre characteristic of a certain manner of voice production
 b.  any of the stops on an organ as classified in respect of its tonal quality: the flute register
8.  printing
 a.  the correct alignment of the separate plates in colour printing
 b.  the exact correspondence of lines of type, columns, etc, on the two sides of a printed sheet of paper
9.  a form of a language associated with a particular social situation or subject matter, such as obscene slang, legal language, or journalese
10.  the act or an instance of registering
vb (often foll by with)
11.  (tr) to enter or cause someone to enter (an event, person's name, ownership, etc) on a register; formally record
12.  to show or be shown on a scale or other measuring instrument: the current didn't register on the meter
13.  to show or be shown in a person's face, bearing, etc: his face registered surprise
14.  (intr) to have an effect; make an impression: the news of her uncle's death just did not register
15.  to send (a letter, package, etc) by registered post
16.  (tr) printing to adjust (a printing press, forme, etc) to ensure that the printed matter is in register
17.  (of a mechanical part) to align (with another part)
18.  military to bring (a gun) to bear on its target by adjustment according to the accuracy of observed single rounds
[C14: from Medieval Latin registrum, from Latin regerere to transcribe, from re- + gerere to bear]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

late 14c., from M.L. registrum, alteration of L.L. regesta "list, matters recorded," from L. regesta, neuter pl. of regestus, pp. of regerere "to record," lit. "to carry back," from re- "back" + gerere "carry, bear." Some senses influenced by association with L. regere "to rule." The verb is attested
from late 14c., from O.Fr. registrer (13c.). Cash register is from 1875, from earlier meaning "device by which data is automatically recorded" (1830).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature