Meaning of REGISTER in English

I. ˈrejə̇stə(r) noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English registre, from Middle French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin registrum, alteration of Late Latin regesta (plural) list, register, from Latin, neuter plural of regestus, past participle of regerere to bring back, transcribe, from re- + gerere to bear, wage, cherish — more at cast

1. : a written record containing regular entries of items or details : an official or formal enumeration, description, or record of particulars : a memorial record

a municipal register of births, marriages, and deaths


a. : a book or system of public records

a register of births

a register of patents

b. : the records of landed property under Scots law — called also register of sasines

c. : a record containing the names of seamen of a district or country or a list and description of the merchant vessels belonging to a port, district, or country

d. : the formal record maintained by a corporation of names and addresses of holders of its registered securities

e. : a roster of individuals qualified or available for some particular end or service

a civil service register

the medical register

an employment register

3. : a list of signatures printed in some early books for the guidance of the binder

4. : an entry in a register

could find no register of her death


a. : a set of pipes of the same quality in a pipe organ : stop


(1) : the compass or range of a human voice

(2) : the series of musical tones of like quality within the compass of a voice that are produced by a particular adjustment of the vocal cords

c. : the compass of a musical instrument ; also : a special portion of the compass (as a series of tones similarly produced and of the same quality)

the register of the clarinet

6. : a lid, stopper, or sliding plate in a furnace, stove, or other heating device 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

7. : registration , registry

a port of register


a. : something that registers or records: as

(1) : a device for registering automatically a cumulative number (as of persons admitted, fares taken)

(2) : the part of a gas, water, or electric meter that consists of the mechanism and dials for indicating the total quantity consumed

(3) : a contrivance for automatically noting the performance of a machine or the rapidity of a process

b. : a number or amount registered by such a device


a. : exact correspondence in position of a page with its counterpart on the other side of a leaf or sheet

the printed matter on both sides of the sheet was in perfect register — W.T.Berry

b. : exact placement (as of the successive impressions that make a multicolor illustration or of folds or creases)

knife folders sometimes have creasings and foldings out of register on 32-page signatures — Book Production

c. : complete or virtual agreement with respect to position (as in the component images in a three-color photograph)

10. : a certificate signed by the commissioner of navigation and issued by the customs collector of a port to the owner of a ship engaged in foreign trade that sets forth the description, name, ownership, and other identifying data of the ship and serves as evidence of nationality and as a muniment of title

11. : a telegraphic recorder

12. : a piece of registered mail

13. : a range or row especially when one of a series

the upper register of a design in fresco

14. : a condition of being in correct alignment or in proper relative position

II. verb

( registered ; registered ; registering -t(ə)riŋ ; registers )

Etymology: Middle English registeren, registren, from Middle French registrer, from Old French, from Medieval Latin registrare, from registrum, n.

transitive verb


a. : to record formally and exactly : make an accurate entry of in a formal record

b. : to make or secure an official entry of in a register

registered the birth of his child

register a car

c. : to enroll formally as a voter

a time set for registering new voters

d. : to record automatically : indicate

e. : to enter (a security) in the name of the owner in a formal record

a registered security, bearing the name of its owner on its face, is transferable only on written assignment of the owner of record and actual surrender of the certificate

f. : to engage or assist in the formal enrollment of in a school or course

spent the morning registering graduate students


a. : to make correspond exactly : adjust so as to secure correspondence

b. : to superimpose (two or more images) exactly (as in photographic printing or projection)

c. : to place or adjust (as a form, paper, or a cut) to print in register


a. : to record (a piece of mail) in the post office of mailing and at each successive point of transmission guaranteeing special care in delivery or for a fee above the minimum guaranteeing indemnity in case of loss, rifling, or damage

b. : to have (a piece of mail) registered

4. : to convey an impression of

his whole bearing registered intense fear

especially : to convey (as a piece of information, a mood, or awareness of a situation) by expression and bodily movements without the use of words — used especially of actors in motion pictures

intransitive verb

1. : to enroll one's name in a register

registered at the hotel


a. : to enroll one's name in a list of voters — compare registration 5

b. : to enroll formally as a student in a school or course

planned to register for the second semester


a. : to correspond exactly : fit correctly in relative position : be in correct alignment one with another

the holes for the bolts register perfectly

b. of printed matter : to be in register

c. : to adjust gunfire (as by artillery) on a visible point which preferably can be located on a map in order to permit prompt shifts to other visible targets or to secure data for corrections in firing on targets located on the map but not visible


a. : to manipulate organ registers

b. of an actor : to convey (as by bodily movement or facial expression) an emotion, information, or other matter without the use of words

4. : to make an impression

the name simply didn't register with me

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably alteration of registrer

: one who registers or records : registrar , recorder ; especially : a public officer charged with recording specific documents, transactions, or events or with keeping them in a public office

a register of deeds

register of probate

IV. noun

1. : a device in a computer or calculator for storing small amounts of data ; especially : one in which data can be both stored and operated on

2. : a variety of a language that a speaker uses in a particular social context

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.