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.

Definitions of register
  1. noun
    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
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    written account, written record
    a written document preserving knowledge of facts or events
  2. noun
    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
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    record
    a document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction
  3. verb
    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
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    enter, put down, record
    make a record of; set down in permanent form
  4. verb
    record in a public office or in a court of law
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    trademark
    register the trademark of
  5. verb
    enroll to vote
    register for an election”
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    enrol, enroll, enter, inscribe, recruit
    register formally as a participant or member
  6. verb
    have one's name listed as a candidate for several parties
    synonyms: cross-file
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    slate
    enter on a list or slate for an election
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    campaign, run
    run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
  7. verb
    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
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    indicate
    state or express briefly
  8. noun
    (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
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    memory device, storage device
    a device that preserves information for retrieval
  9. noun
    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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    air duct, air passage, airway
    a duct that provides ventilation (as in mines)
  10. noun
    a regulator (as a sliding plate) for regulating the flow of air into a furnace or other heating device
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    regulator
    any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.
  11. noun
    a cashbox with an adding machine to register transactions; used in shops to add up the bill
    synonyms: cash register
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    cashbox, money box, till
    a strongbox for holding cash
  12. noun
    (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
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    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
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    quality, timber, timbre, tone
    (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
  13. verb
    manipulate the registers of an organ
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    play
    perform music on (a musical instrument)
  14. verb
    be aware of
    “Did you register any change when I pressed the button?”
    synonyms: record
  15. verb
    show in one's face
    “Her surprise did not register
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    record
    be aware of
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    show, show up
    be or become visible or noticeable
  16. verb
    enter into someone's consciousness
    “Did this event register in your parents' minds?”
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    record
    be aware of
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    affect
    act physically on; have an effect upon
  17. verb
    send by registered mail
    “I'd like to register this letter”
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    mail, post, send
    cause to be directed or transmitted to another place
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