[rej-uh-strey-shuh n]
  1. the act of registering.
  2. an instance of this.
  3. an entry in a register.
  4. the group or number registered.
  5. an official act of registering one's name in the list of qualified voters.
  6. a certificate attesting to the fact that someone or something has been registered: a boat registration.
  7. Music.
    1. the act or technique of registrating.
    2. the selection of stops made by an organist for a particular piece.

Origin of registration

1560–70; < Middle French < Medieval Latin registrātiōn- (stem of registrātiō). See registrate, -ion
Related formsreg·is·tra·tion·al, adjectivemis·reg·is·tra·tion, nounnon·reg·is·tra·tion, nounpre·reg·is·tra·tion, nounre·reg·is·tra·tion, nounsu·per·reg·is·tra·tion, nounun·der·reg·is·tra·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for pre-registration


    1. the act of registering or state of being registered
    2. (as modifier)a registration number
  1. an entry in a register
  2. a group of people, such as students, who register at a particular time
  3. a combination of organ or harpsichord stops used in the performance of a piece of music
  4. Australian
    1. a tax payable by the owner of a motor vehicle
    2. the period paid for
Derived Formsregistrational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for pre-registration

also preregistration, 1901, from pre- + registration.



1560s, from Middle French registration and directly from Medieval Latin registrationem (nominative registratio) "a registering," noun of action from past participle stem of registrare (see register (v.)).

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