verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of register

1350–1400; Middle English registre < Middle French, Old French < Medieval Latin registrum, regestrum, alteration of Late Latin regesta catalog, list, noun use of neuter plural of Latin regestus, past participle of regerere to carry back, pile up, collect, equivalent to re- re- + ges-, stem of gerere to bear + -tus past participle suffix; (v.) Middle English registren (< Middle French registrer) < Medieval Latin registrāre, derivative of registrum
Related formsreg·is·ter·er, nounreg·is·tra·bil·i·ty [rej-uh-struh-bil-i-tee] /ˌrɛdʒ ə strəˈbɪl ɪ ti/, nounreg·is·tra·ble, reg·is·ter·a·ble, adjectivemis·reg·is·ter, verbnon·reg·is·tra·ble, adjectivepre·reg·is·ter, verb (used with or without object)re·reg·is·ter, verbun·reg·is·tra·ble, adjective
Can be confusedregister registrar

Synonyms for register Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for registerable



an official or formal list recording names, events, or transactions
the book in which such a list is written
an entry in such a list
a recording device that accumulates data, totals sums of money, etca cash register
a movable plate that controls the flow of air into a furnace, chimney, room, etc
computing one of a set of word-sized locations in the central processing unit in which items of data are placed temporarily before they are operated on by program instructions
  1. the timbre characteristic of a certain manner of voice productionSee head voice, chest voice
  2. any of the stops on an organ as classified in respect of its tonal qualitythe flute register
  1. the correct alignment of the separate plates in colour printing
  2. the exact correspondence of lines of type, columns, etc, on the two sides of a printed sheet of paper
a form of a language associated with a particular social situation or subject matter, such as obscene slang, legal language, or journalese
the act or an instance of registering


(tr) to enter or cause someone to enter (an event, person's name, ownership, etc) on a register; formally record
to show or be shown on a scale or other measuring instrumentthe current didn't register on the meter
to show or be shown in a person's face, bearing, etchis face registered surprise
(intr) to have an effect; make an impressionthe news of her uncle's death just did not register
to send (a letter, package, etc) by registered post
(tr) printing to adjust (a printing press, forme, etc) to ensure that the printed matter is in register
(intr often foll by with) (of a mechanical part) to align (with another part)
military to bring (a gun) to bear on its target by adjustment according to the accuracy of observed single rounds
Derived Formsregisterer, nounregistrable, adjective

Word Origin for register

C14: from Medieval Latin registrum, from Latin regerere to transcribe, from re- + gerere to bear
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Word Origin and History for registerable



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.



"assistant court officer in administrative or routine function," 1530s, now chiefly U.S., alteration of registrar (q.v) due to influence of register.

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