• (RP) IPA: /ˈɹɛdʒ.ɪs.tə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈɹɛdʒ.ɪs.tɚ/

register (plural registers)

  1. A formal recording of names, events, transactions etc.
    The teacher took the register by calling out each child's name.
  2. A book of such entries.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ii]:
      As you have one eye upon my follies, […] turn another into the register of your own.
  3. An entry in such a book.
  4. The act of registering.
  5. 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 evidence of nationality or as a muniment of title.
  6. One who registers or records; a registrar; especially, a public officer charged with the duty of recording certain transactions or events.
    a register of deeds
  7. A distinct horizontal (or, more rarely, vertical) section of a work of art or inscription that is divided into several such sections
    • 2005, Abeer El-Shahawy, The Egyptian Museum in Cairo: A Walk Through the Alleys of Ancient Egypt, page 23:
      The reverse side is divided into three registers. In the first register is the name of Narmer represented as a fish and a chisel inscribed in the serekh.
  8. A device that automatically records a quantity.
  9. (telecommunications) The part of a telegraphic apparatus that automatically records the message received.
  10. (telecommunications) A list of received calls in a phone set.
  11. (computing) A small unit of very fast memory that is directly accessible to the central processing unit, and is mostly used to store inputs, outputs or intermediate results of computations.
    • 1992, Michael A. Miller, The 68000 Microprocessor Family: Architecture, Programming, and Applications (page 47)
      When the microprocessor decodes the JSR opcode, it stores the operand into the TEMP register and pushes the current contents of the PC ($00 0128) onto the stack.
    • 2014, Jason Gregory, Game Engine Architecture, Second Edition (page 90)
      If you can trace back through the disassembly to where the variable is first loaded into a register, you can often discover its value or its address by inspecting that register.
  12. (printing) The exact alignment of lines, margins and colors.
  13. (printing) The inner part of the mould in which types are cast.
  14. (music) The range of a voice or instrument.
  15. (music) An organ stop.
  16. (linguistics) A style of a language used in a particular context.
    My ex-boss used "let go", in the euphemistic register, when he sacked me.
    • It seems equally clear that the ‘Complement + Prepositionʼ order illustrated in (172) (a) is likewise highly marked, and hence subject to heavy restrictions on its use. And sure enough, this does indeed seem to be the case: for one thing, forms such as thereafter, herein, whereby are stylistically highly marked (e.g. they are only used in particular registers such as legal language).
  17. A grille at the outflow of a ventilation duct, capable of being opened and closed to direct the air flow.
  18. (mostly, US) Clipping of cash register#English|cash register.
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register (registers, present participle registering; past and past participle registered)

  1. (transitive) To enter in a register.
  2. (transitive) To enroll, especially to vote.
  3. (transitive) To record, especially in writing.
  4. (ambitransitive) To buy the full version of trial software by providing one's details and payment.
    This is a trial version, and will expire in 30 days. Please register!
  5. (transitive) To express outward signs.
  6. (transitive, mail) To record officially and handle specially.
  7. (transitive, especially, printing) To make or adjust so as to be properly or precisely aligned.
  8. (intransitive) To place one's name, or have one's name placed in a register.
    They registered for school.
  9. (intransitive) To make an impression.
  10. (intransitive) To be in proper alignment; to align or correspond exactly.
    • 1974, Robert Elman, The Hunter's Field Guide to the Game Birds and Animals of North America (ISBN 9780394478876)
      The slightly smaller hind print may overlap but seldom registers precisely in the front track.
    • 1992, Dwight R. Schuh, Bowhunter's Encyclopedia: Practical, Easy-to-Find Answers to Your Bowhunting Questions, Stackpole Books (ISBN 9780811724128), page 279:
      […] but cat tracks are slightly more staggered, and on each side the back foot registers directly on the track of the front foot.
  11. (legal) To voluntarily sign over for safe keeping, abandoning complete ownership for partial.
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  1. Surname

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