Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “register”

See all translations

register

verb uk   /ˈredʒ.ɪ.stər/ us    /-stɚ/

register verb (PUT ON LIST)

B1 [I or T] to put information, especially your name, into an official list or record: I registered the car in my name. Within two weeks of arrival all foreigners had to register with the local police. Students have to register for the new course by the end of April.
More examples

register verb (SHOW)

C2 [I or T] to record, show, or express something: The Geiger counter registered a dangerous level of radioactivity. The earthquake was too small to register on the Richter scale. formal His face registered extreme disapproval of what he had witnessed.

register verb (REALIZE)

[I or T] informal If something registers, someone realizes it and if someone registers something, they realize it: I did mention the address but I'm not sure that it registered (with him). I scarcely registered the fact that he was there.

register verb (MAIL)

[T] If you register a letter or parcel, you send it using a special postal service, so that it will be dealt with in a special way and not be lost: a registered letter

register

noun uk   /ˈredʒ.ɪ.stər/ us    /-stɚ/

register noun (LIST)

[C] a book or record containing a list of names: Guests write their names in the (hotel) register. Is your name on the register of voters? [C] a book used to record if a child is present at school: If a child is absent, the teacher notes it down in the (class) register. [U] in school, the period at the start of the morning and afternoon when a teacher records on an official list that children are present

register noun (LANGUAGE STYLE)

C1 [C or U] specialized language the style of language, grammar, and words used for particular situations: People chatting at a party will usually be talking in (an) informal register.

register noun (SOUNDS)

[C] all the notes that a musical instrument or a person's voice can produce, from the highest to the lowest: music written mainly for the lower/higher register of the clarinet

register noun (MONEY)

[C] mainly US ( UK usually till) the drawer in a cash register (= a machine which records sales in a shop, and in which money is kept) or the cash register itself: Next time you have the register open, could you give me some change? I think these items have been rung up wrongly on the register.
(Definition of register from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of register?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “register” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

past participle

the form of a verb, usually made by adding -ed, used in some grammatical structures such as the passive and the present perfect

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More