- the compass or range of a voice or an instrument.
- a part of this range produced in the same way and having the same quality: the head register; the upper register of the clarinet.
- (in an organ) a stop.
- a precise adjustment or correspondence, as of lines, columns, etc., especially on the two sides of a leaf.
- correct relation or exact superimposition, as of colors in color printing.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of register
Synonyms for register
Related Words for registerroster, registry, enroll, join, list, record, file, reflect, say, show, log, chronicle, schedule, memorandum, annals, ledger, scroll, catalog, catalogue, book
Examples from the Web for register
Contemporary Examples of register
Annie Lee Cooper, well played by Winfrey, is shown trying but failing to register to vote.
Nor are we told that she lost her job at a local nursing home after she tried to register to vote in 1964.
“They refused to register a case, saying the matter is out of their hands,” he told me.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
I doubt Wills feels it is disgusting for pro-life activists to register voters at anti-abortion protests.Angry About Ferguson? Oppose Voter ID Laws
August 26, 2014
For example, under current law, every state resident can register to vote by mail.Hey, Eric Holder: Voter ID Isn't Stuck in 1965
August 12, 2014
Historical Examples of register
The fat man from behind the register had come to take his order.Way of the Lawless
Gradually a new series of impressions began to register on Martin's brain.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Consider, the register itself is destroyed—the clergyman dead.
He owned that the copy of the register had been found by Lilburne in a secret drawer.
A pressure-gauge to register the depth of the sinker has been added by Sir William.Heroes of the Telegraph
- the correct alignment of the separate plates in colour printing
- the exact correspondence of lines of type, columns, etc, on the two sides of a printed sheet of paper
Word Origin for register
late 14c., from Old French registre (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin registrum, alteration of Late Latin regesta "list, matters recorded," noun use of Latin regesta, neuter plural of regestus, past participle of regerere "to record; retort," literally "to carry back, bring back" from re- "back" (see re-) + gerere "carry, bear" (see gest).
Also borrowed in Dutch, German, Swedish, Danish. Some senses influenced by association with Latin regere "to rule." Meaning in printing, "exact alignment of presswork" is from 1680s. Musical sense is from 1811, "compass or range of a voice or instrument," hence "series of tones of the same quality" (produced by a voice or instrument). Sense "device by which data is automatically recorded" is 1830, from the verb; hence Cash register (1875).
late 14c. (transitive), "enter in a listing," from Old French registrer "note down, include" (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin registrare, from registrum (see register (n.)). Intransitive sense, of instruments, from 1797; of persons and feelings, "make an impression," from 1901. Meaning "to enter one's name in a list" for some purpose is from 1940. Related: Registered; registering. Registered nurse attested from 1879.