register

Register has several meanings, but one of the most common is to write down or record officially. Like registering your car with the DMV and registering for classes at the beginning of a semester.

Someone needs to register all the ways you can use the word register: As a noun it means the actual book that you record things in. But a register is also the range of sound your voice can make, and that thing the checkout lady uses to ring up your grocery bill. As a verb, register means to mark down officially or sign up, but also to show emotion: if cats and dogs rain from the sky, your face will likely register a look of disbelief.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: register

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nv
an official written record of names or events or transactions
record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions
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n
(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
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n
an air passage (usually in the floor or a wall of a room) for admitting or excluding heated air from the room
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n
a cashbox with an adding machine to register transactions; used in shops to add up the bill
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(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
manipulate the registers of an organ
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v
be aware of
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v
send by registered mail
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: register
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n an official written record of names or events or transactions

Synonyms:
registry
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cadaster, cadastre
a public register showing the details of ownership and value of land; made for the purpose of taxation
check register
a register of checks issued (usually in numeric order)
studbook
official record of the pedigree of purebred animals especially horses
rent-roll
a register of rents; includes the names of tenants and the amount of rent they pay
Type of:
written account, written record
a written document preserving knowledge of facts or events

n a book in which names and transactions are listed

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accounting, accounting system, method of accounting
a bookkeeper's chronological list of related debits and credits of a business; forms part of a ledger of accounts
inventory
(accounting) the value of a firm's current assets including raw materials and work in progress and finished goods
payroll, paysheet
a list of employees and their salaries
control account
an account that shows totals of amounts entered in a subsidiary ledger
accounting entry, entry, ledger entry
a written record of a commercial transaction
credit side
account of payments received; usually the right side of a financial statement
debit side
account of payments owed; usually the left side of a financial statement
accrual basis
a method of accounting in which each item is entered as it is earned or incurred regardless of when actual payments are received or made
cash basis
a method of accounting in which each item is entered as payments are received or made
pooling of interest
an accounting method used in the merging of companies; the balance sheets are added together item by item; this method is tax-free
audit, audited account
an inspection of the accounting procedures and records by a trained accountant or CPA
limited review, review
(accounting) a service (less exhaustive than an audit) that provides some assurance to interested parties as to the reliability of financial data
Type of:
record
a document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction

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

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file
record in a public office or in a court of law
patent
grant rights to; grant a patent for
enrol, enroll, enter, inscribe, recruit
register formally as a participant or member
list
include in a list
book
register in a hotel booker
trademark
register the trademark of
draft, enlist, muster in
engage somebody to enter the army
unionise, unionize
recruit for a union or organize into a union
matriculate
enroll as a student
inventory, stock-take, take stock
make or include in an itemized record or report
empanel, impanel
enter into a list of prospective jurors
index
list in an index
blacklist
put on a blacklist so as to banish or cause to be boycotted
post
enter on a public list
Type of:
enter, put down, record
make a record of; set down in permanent form

v record in a public office or in a court of law

Synonyms:
file
Types:
trademark
register the trademark of

v enroll to vote

register for an election”
Type of:
enrol, enroll, enter, inscribe, recruit
register formally as a participant or member

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

Synonyms:
cross-file
Types:
slate
enter on a list or slate for an election
Type of:
campaign, run
run, stand, or compete for an office or a position

v indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

Synonyms:
read, record, show
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say
indicate
show
give evidence of, as of records
strike
indicate (a certain time) by striking
attest
establish or verify the usage of
surcharge
show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given
Type of:
indicate
to state or express briefly
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n (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

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accumulator, accumulator register
(computer science) a register that has a built-in adder that adds an input number to the contents of the register
counter
(computer science) a register whose contents go through a regular series of states (usually states indicating consecutive integers)
index register
(computer science) a register used to determine the address of an operand
shift register
(computer science) register in which all bits can be shifted one or more positions to the left or to the right
Type of:
memory device, storage device
a device that preserves information for retrieval
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n an air passage (usually in the floor or a wall of a room) for admitting or excluding heated air from the room

Type of:
air duct, air passage, airway
a duct that provides ventilation (as in mines)

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

Type of:
regulator
any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.
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n a cashbox with an adding machine to register transactions; used in shops to add up the bill

Synonyms:
cash register
Type of:
cashbox, money box, till
a strongbox for holding cash
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n (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

Types:
head register, head tone, head voice
the higher ranges of the voice in speaking or singing; the vibrations of sung notes are felt in the head
chest register, chest tone, chest voice
the lower ranges of the voice in speaking or singing
falsetto
a male singing voice with artificially high tones in an upper register
Type of:
quality, timber, timbre, tone
(music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)

v manipulate the registers of an organ

Type of:
play
perform music on (a musical instrument)
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v be aware of

“Did you register any change when I pressed the button?”
Synonyms:
record

v show in one's face

“Her surprise did not register
Synonyms
record
be aware of
Type of:
show, show up
be or become visible or noticeable

v enter into someone's consciousness

“Did this event register in your parents' minds?”
Synonyms
record
be aware of
Type of:
affect
act physically on; have an effect upon
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v send by registered mail

“I'd like to register this letter”
Type of:
mail, post, send
cause to be directed or transmitted to another place
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