register

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Register is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
register

Third-person singular
registers

Past tense
registered

Past participle
registered

Present participle
registering

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you register someone or something, you put their name on a list.
    I haven't registered for September classes yet.
    Please take a moment to register your software with the company.
    Our dog is registered with the city.
  2. (transitive) If you register a complaint, protest, etc. you make your opinion known formally.
  3. (transitive & intransitive) If something doesn't register, you don't notice it.
    I knew I had something else on, but I guess it just didn't register when I made the appointment.
  4. (transitive & intransitive) If a measuring instrument registers a value, it shows that value.
    The thermometer registered 42.5°.
    The change was so small that it didn't register.

Noun[change]

Singular
register

Plural
registers

A cash register
  1. A register is an official list of names.
    On voting day, I found my name was not on the register and I couldn't vote.
    The government is reviewing the national register of births, deaths, and marriages.
  2. (linguistics) A register is a particular style of language used by a certain group of people or in certain situations.
    Speeches are usually given in a very formal, almost written register.
  3. (music) A register is a particular range of notes.
    The piano plays arpeggi in higher registers, accompanying the clarinet that plays the melody in full-blooded lower middle registers.
  4. A cash register is a machine in a shop that calculates total payment and holds money.

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