Definition of register in English:



  • 1An official list or record of names or items.

    ‘a membership register’
    • ‘He appealed to the young voters to come out to vote and to make sure their names are on the register of electors.’
    • ‘In a later period a note of what each visitor was wearing was written up in an official register.’
    • ‘Town Clerk Helen Dowling said the council had drawn up a list of derelict buildings and would be sending out notices to owners whose names appeared on the register.’
    • ‘More and more medical associations have set up registers for members to list interests that concern their employment or practice.’
    • ‘I got out the grave registers and I listed all the men of my regiment who are buried at Bayeux and Caen.’
    • ‘New members have been putting their names on the register there and there is no cost to join.’
    • ‘However, she said there were strong safeguards in her proposals to prevent names being placed unnecessarily on registers or lists.’
    • ‘Only one priest could remain in each parish, and he had to put his name on a special register.’
    • ‘A further 270 offenders currently serving time in prison for sex crimes will also have their names added to the register when they complete their sentences.’
    • ‘In Canada, the register lists the first evidence of genetic contamination of a wild relative as a result of commercial growing of a genetically modified crop.’
    • ‘Sinn Féin is advising members of the public who wish to vote in next year's local and European elections to check that their names are on the register immediately.’
    • ‘While the graveyard register has recorded the names of those buried in the cemetery identity of those buried in some graves is difficult to establish.’
    • ‘For starters, we need an official register of charities.’
    • ‘This register lists all members of staff who were ever employed in the goods yards of the various stations on the SER, but it is not clear what the staff establishment was at any of the stations.’
    • ‘The proposed sale in Australia of the emergency pill direct to women through pharmacies has sparked more controversy, with the major doctors' group calling for a register of names and addresses.’
    • ‘The Medical Council removed his name from the medical register in 1999 pending the outcome of its inquiry.’
    • ‘Information about use of bed days was available from official registers for all patients (except those who died or emigrated).’
    • ‘Only descendants of families of longstanding wealth and social prominence gain admission to such schools and listing in such registers.’
    • ‘However, a vote was taken last March among the 25 qualified electors named on the register of electors at Kennedy Street.’
    • ‘If you are over 18 and were resident at your present address in September 2003 it is important that your name is on the register.’
    official list, listing, roll, roster, index, directory, catalogue, schedule, inventory, tally, calendar
    record, chronicle, diary, journal, log, logbook, ledger, archive
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    1. 1.1A book or record of attendance, for example of pupils in a class or guests in a hotel.
      ‘the system requires teachers to take the register at each lesson’
      ‘I had signed the register with my new name’
      • ‘I was struggling my hardest against the temptation to laugh, but the look of hideous repugnance on her face coaxed the hilarity out of me, and I found myself trying not to laugh as I answered my name in the register.’
      • ‘The DC took the attendance register in his custody and ordered an inquiry into the case.’
      • ‘Ms. Mihara reached inside her Mulberry tote and pulled out the class register, she put on her reading glasses and flipped through the pages.’
      • ‘The main figure used by the Government to measure attendance is the percentage of pupil absence as recorded in school registers.’
      • ‘The boy knew she was a schoolteacher, for he had found her class register and kept it in his beside table.’
      • ‘Students arrive and sit down, Jim Jomoa, head of DJ skills at the academy, calls out the register; it could be any higher education course at any uni or college in the UK.’
      • ‘I am interested in finding the staff registers, student records, minute books and copies of school magazines.’
      • ‘Schools in the borough have also used government money to introduced new electronic registers to make it more difficult to fake attendance.’
      • ‘The administrator takes the class registers and rings around parents whose children are absent and who have not contacted the school.’
      • ‘School teachers were paid by contract according to an average of their attendance register.’
      • ‘Previous investigations have found many MEPs turning up only to sign the attendance register - to receive the daily rate - and then leaving.’
      • ‘We have also implemented electronic monitoring and electronic registers.’
      • ‘Among the most popular display items were the large class registers, which recorded the attendance records of children going back to 1910.’
      • ‘A collection of exercise books and school registers collected as far back as the early 1900s are also on display.’
      • ‘Some education authorities have cut truancy by introducing electronic registers, which can plot patterns of absences.’
      • ‘On Sunday afternoon last old roll books, daily report books and school registers were put on display as part of the school's centenary celebrations.’
      • ‘They started maintaining a register for attendance everyday.’
      • ‘Electronic whiteboards and computerised registers will help turn a Manchester secondary school into one of the country's most advanced.’
      • ‘Athy pupils will no longer be able to play truant and hope to get away with it, following the introduction of Ireland's first high tech electronic register.’
      • ‘After a month, they took this register to the District Board, showed them proof of the teacher's non-attendance and managed to get him transferred.’
  • 2A particular part of the range of a voice or instrument.

    ‘boy trebles singing in a high register’
    • ‘The combination of his voice with the lower register of the viola sends shivers down the spine.’
    • ‘The scientist's voice had practically made it into the soprano register at this point, and his eyes were huge.’
    • ‘Although the masks do not cover the actors' mouths, the lower registers of some voices are lost when sound is trapped between mask and face.’
    • ‘The Dolby 2.0 surround is clear and resonate, with a rich bass component that emphasizes the lower register of Lance's voice.’
    • ‘Whenever she referred to ‘Her Highness’ she raised her eyes to heaven and her voice to a high register.’
    • ‘Courtois has an extraordinary range, pushing his instrument quite comfortably into registers normally reserved for the viola and even violin.’
    • ‘Even on tenor his preference is for the highest register, sometimes pushing the capabilities of the instrument further than one would believe possible.’
    • ‘In all probability he sang alto from 1735 to 1739 and then descended to bass and, as we have seen, passing through the tenor register briefly.’
    • ‘I still had problems with my lower register, despite so many years of singing lessons.’
    • ‘Fox, however, seemed to sing in a register too high for her voice.’
    • ‘He projects a tremendous sound across all registers of the instrument, while conveying the poetry of the score.’
    • ‘Diction is unclear, and much of her lower register is lost in the orchestra.’
    • ‘On ‘Who’, she lets her voice plunge into the lower registers, with an almost rumbling baritone.’
    • ‘I know that with a high voice like mine, I cannot sing in the low register unless I am relaxed, but relaxing is not my strong suit!’
    • ‘She doesn't shy away from using her chest voice campily, and her upper registers are no less thrilling.’
    • ‘The voice is a little colourless in its lower register, compensated by a bright tone in the middle of his voice, and meticulous intonation.’
    • ‘The role does, however, expose a flaw in her technique, namely imperfect control in her voice's upper registers.’
    • ‘In his early years, Caruso often ruminated over whether he was a tenor or a baritone, the upper register of his voice being naturally weaker than the lower.’
    • ‘His condition makes the highest registers of his instrument out of bounds, but he has compensated by producing beautifully full and tender flugelhorn-like sounds in the lowest.’
    • ‘She has an astounding range of dynamics which she puts to good use and she intones the notes of her deep lower register softly and poignantly to indicate the gnawing pain of loss.’
    range, area, region, reaches, sweep
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    1. 2.1A sliding device controlling a set of organ pipes which share a tonal quality.
      • ‘I always went along when Dad played the organ and one day I started helping to pull the registers, something that maybe had an early influence on the choice of tonal colors that now play an important role in my job.’
    2. 2.2A set of organ pipes controlled by a sliding device.
  • 3Linguistics
    A variety of a language or a level of usage, as determined by degree of formality and choice of vocabulary, pronunciation, and syntax, according to the communicative purpose, social context, and standing of the user.

    • ‘In addition to regional and social dialects, two other varieties often discussed by sociolinguists are register and style.’
    • ‘For such people, standard English is the register of formal communication, complemented by vernacular usage for other purposes.’
    • ‘Written language is often a special register, distinct from most styles of speech, and the information conveyed by writing and by speech is not identical.’
    • ‘In some languages, and some registers of English, syntactic tangling like this is normal.’
    • ‘Anatomical terminology and slang exist in competing registers, and offer different possibilities for communication in such contexts.’
  • 4Photography Printing
    [mass noun] The exact correspondence of the position of colour components in a printed positive.

    ‘it was reproduced in full colour but unfortunately out of register’
    1. 4.1The exact correspondence of the position of printed matter on the two sides of a leaf.
  • 5(in electronic devices) a location in a store of data, used for a specific purpose and with quick access time.

    • ‘Compilers determine which information should be stored in registers.’
  • 6An adjustable plate for widening or narrowing an opening and regulating a draught, especially in a fire grate.

    • ‘I have a gas, hot air heating system and want to add one or two new heating registers in the basement family room area.’
    • ‘You should then adjust the thermostat so that the colder rooms become equally warm to the others, and adjust the dampers and registers in the hotter rooms to bring them down to the same level.’
    • ‘To determine the exact width and thickness of the pieces you'll need, lift up a heat register or threshold and measure the exposed ends of the floorboards.’
    • ‘Remove a floor register and measure the thickness of your flooring.’
    • ‘Do you regularly look for dirty or blocked heating/cooling registers?’
    • ‘If the registers are clear but the furnace keeps cycling, switch back to your original filters.’
  • 7Art
    One of a number of bands or sections into which a design is divided.

    ‘the central register shows a Roman Emperor on horseback’
    • ‘A handmade, ornamental paper happily festoons the upper register of the work.’
    • ‘Divided into registers, each post consists of a number of vignettes which wrap around the column form.’
    • ‘On the altar wall, itself, the symbolic right and left are evident in the frescoes of the bottom register.’
    • ‘This is precisely what appears in the lowest register of the window.’
    • ‘The image on the verso, divided into three registers, unfolds from bottom to top and from left to right.’


  • 1Enter or record on an official list or directory.

    ‘the vessel is registered as British’
    ‘his father was late in registering his birth’
    ‘a registered charity’
    • ‘Between 1873 and 1877, Americans registered a record number of business bankruptcies, both large and small.’
    • ‘Canadians give 0.7 per cent of their taxable income to registered charities.’
    • ‘Officials said 18,450 participants registered this year, with 670 teams taking part.’
    • ‘The wildlife charity registered WWF as a trademark in 1961.’
    • ‘A trademark is registered officially, and protects by law a name, symbol, sound, colour or design, which identifies the product in question.’
    • ‘The group are now being registered as an official group and will take part in the association's competitions and outings.’
    • ‘When a mobile phone account is activated with an operator, the Sim card records and registers this signature IMEI number.’
    • ‘Thirteen species of birds are registered on the list of threatened species.’
    • ‘Fun and serious runners are wanted to fund-raise for a local registered charity.’
    • ‘Owners of properties that are registered charities can boost entrance fees by 28% by reclaiming the basic rate tax you have already paid on that money.’
    • ‘This raffle will take place at the Volunteer Orientation Night and all officially registered volunteers are eligible to enter.’
    • ‘She epitomises the über-influential Londoner, topping every serious ‘who to schmooze’ list and registering thousands of hits on Google.’
    • ‘In the meantime children may be registered on a waiting list.’
    • ‘The Bank played the lead role and prepared the Application Record and registered the cautions.’
    • ‘North West Hospice is incorporated as a limited company and is also registered as a charity.’
    • ‘I am also concerned about councillors who tell people to report registration officials who refuse to register them without the necessary documents.’
    • ‘Here again, however, it seems that the deeds merely record or register the existence of the property right.’
    • ‘The Securities and Exchange Commission lists seven registered stock exchanges.’
    • ‘No world records were registered in Lisbon 1994, Annecy 1998 and Santiago de Chile two years ago.’
    • ‘They were increasingly found in city halls, registering births and negotiating with government officials.’
    record, put on record, enter, file, lodge, post, set down, inscribe, write down, put in writing, submit, report, take down, note, minute, list, log, catalogue
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    1. 1.1[no object]Enter one's name and other details on an official list or directory.
      ‘you register at the site with a user ID and a password’
      [with infinitive] ‘34,500 registered to vote’
      • ‘You need to register to vote, unless you are on welfare.’
      • ‘Half of the 10 million who registered to vote are women.’
      • ‘Participants must register between 9.15 and 9.30 am, and the draw for teams will take place afterwards.’
      • ‘Groups still have time to register but must do so immediately.’
      • ‘Well, of course, you have to prove ID to register to vote.’
      • ‘People who do not have their citizenship documents must not be allowed to register to vote.’
      • ‘Millions of Americans turned out to vote and registered to vote that had never been involved.’
      • ‘Half of the 60 legislative seats were directly elected, with 3.2 million people registered to vote.’
      • ‘It is time to register to vote and at all levels hold our elected officials accountable at the ballot box.’
      • ‘Now, certainly, whenever you get that many people registering to vote, there are going to be a few incorrect registrations.’
      • ‘She went and registered to vote in North Carolina this week.’
      • ‘Decked out in their patriotic best, students are registering to vote at Conrad Weiser East Elementary School in Wernersville.’
      • ‘In those areas, women are registering to vote in very low numbers.’
      • ‘You must register to get to the great recipes, but the site is free.’
      • ‘Of those registered to vote, 5 million chose not to exercise their vote.’
      • ‘Having registered to vote in the polling station, Mr Cullen said it was still open to them to choose not to push the ‘cast vote’ button on the machine.’
      • ‘It wasn't until this afternoon, with election primaries staring me in the face, that I got my act together to visit Rock the Vote, registering in mere minutes.’
      • ‘Newcomers are very welcome but they must register immediately.’
      • ‘You will need to register either on voting day or by completing an application available at the Office of the City Clerk in City Hall.’
      • ‘Sometimes voters turned up where they had registered to vote to find their names not on the voters' list.’
      enrol, put one's name down, enlist, enter, sign on, sign up, apply
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    2. 1.2[no object]Put one's name in a register as a guest in a hotel.
      ‘we had a light supper after we'd registered and unpacked’
      • ‘A musician in a hotel in a holiday resort in Yorkshire informed the local police that, at the hotel, was a lady registered under the name Mrs. Neele.’
      • ‘Mike shook his head, thanking whatever gods there were that Lil had registered under a fake name and that he had done the same.’
      • ‘He was in a daze but had enough sense to lie low for a bit and so he registered at a seedy hotel in that part of town, where he hoped no-one would come looking for him.’
      • ‘We stopped at the main desk of the dingy motel, one my mother would not have been happy with, and waited while Jimmy registered and checked us in.’
      • ‘You've registered, unpacked, and turned off your cell phone.’
      • ‘We registered, writing our names and place of residence, and checked for family members.’
      • ‘I told him never to register in the same hotel more than 3-4 times a year.’
      • ‘A future AORN President could be the person sitting next to you on the bus, sitting next to you in the cafeteria, or standing in line while registering at a hotel.’
      • ‘Amy and Jak had become close friends over the past few days, spending most of their time in the hotel room Jak had registered for them under the name of Mr and Mrs William Bracket.’
      report, report one's arrival, record one's arrival, book oneself in, book in, enrol, register
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    3. 1.3North American [no object](of a couple to be married) have a list of wedding gifts compiled and kept at a shop for consultation by gift buyers.
      ‘at the store's bridal registry single people can register for gifts even if they are not getting married’
      • ‘Once a couple registers with Frame Masters Gallery, Berry calls the florist who then delivers flowers to the bride-to-be.’
      • ‘My sister and brother both got married and got to register for gifts.’
      • ‘We had gone to a few stores around New York City to register for gifts.’
    4. 1.4Entrust (a letter or parcel) to a post office for transmission by registered post.
      ‘a registered letter’
      • ‘His registered letter landed him in court last December 3.’
      • ‘I have not yet received any letter from the AAI but I have a notice here to say that there is a registered letter to be picked up at the Post Office and I presume that is it.’
      • ‘Ten days later a registered letter invited him to today's interview at Regional Headquarters in Downtown Detroit.’
      • ‘Money was scarce enough in those years back home and the registered letter from England was a welcome sight arriving at many homes around the West.’
      • ‘I sent him a registered letter saying we are renewing the residential and commercial leases, and we're also going to get an order from the Régie.’
      • ‘Your letter didn't state whether you registered the mail, but if you enclosed money in a card without registering the envelope, it is a risk you take.’
      • ‘Kildare County Council has sent registered letters to those residents of Jigginstown who submitted objections to the proposed realignment scheme.’
      • ‘Also, those not home to sign for parcels and registered letters have had to make the journey to the main post-offices in the city and Dungarvan to collect their post.’
      • ‘They are half afraid to open the door to the postman should he arrive with another registered letter.’
      • ‘He clarified that people weren't informed by registered letter that their homes were going to be demolished.’
      • ‘Until one day she received a registered letter with a 30 thousand dollar cheque inside.’
      • ‘Another time a registered letter was posted a few months before Christmas.’
      • ‘By the Recorded Delivery Service Act 1962 a letter sent by recorded delivery is equivalent to a registered letter.’
      • ‘The postman's bag was still crammed full of letters, but minus a number of registered parcels which contained the foreign currencies.’
      • ‘One morning I was dressed in my black negligee when the postman called with a registered letter.’
  • 2(of an instrument) detect and show (a reading) automatically.

    ‘the electroscope was too insensitive to register the tiny changes’
    • ‘When the mood stone registers blue-green, for instance, your dog is relaxed and cuddly, but black means he's cranky.’
    • ‘Teletraffic, the importers of the UK-approved speed camera, claim it is impossible to register a false reading from a moving target.’
    • ‘The partial vacuum in the chamber will cause the instrument to register, say, 35,000 feet when it is, in fact, only a few hundred feet above sea level.’
    • ‘But their metal detectors stood mute, registering nothing.’
    • ‘A sensitive Geiger-Muller counter registers no activity on the surface of a uranium print or on the outside of a bottle of toner.’
    indicate, read, record, show, display
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    1. 2.1[no object, with complement](of an event) give rise to a specified reading on an instrument.
      ‘the blast registered 5.4 on the Richter scale’
      • ‘Be sure to check that the internal temperature registers at 190°F.’
  • 3Express or convey (an opinion or emotion)

    ‘I wish to register an objection’
    ‘his features registered amusement’
    • ‘At council and parish council meetings when a councillor has an interest in an item on the agenda he registers his interest with the chairman and excuses himself from the debate and voting when the item is discussed.’
    • ‘All that will remain is for the voters to register their opinions with a cross on a ballot, the tallying of opinions and the announcement of results.’
    • ‘To this end, we have organised a web site where footy fans and sympathisers can register their dissatisfaction with how football clubs and players are dealing with the issue.’
    • ‘Fortnightly there will also be a column by a local correspondent on a burning issue relevant to the locale, with the opportunity for users to register their opinions.’
    • ‘The blue-chip index was down by as much as 60 points at one stage as investors registered their disappointment at the US consumer confidence figures.’
    • ‘To enable A Dab Hand to apply for funding, groups and individuals are invited to register their interest in taking part in Eden's Big Draw event as soon as possible.’
    • ‘A spokeswoman for the show said the response was huge, given the one hour timeframe which the public had to register their opinion.’
    • ‘But the dogs stayed firmly behind doors and the reception was largely friendly with only one voter registering their discontent with a firm slam of the door as we moved along the first housing estate.’
    • ‘In a market with no real competition, customers must register their dissatisfaction with the price paid for mortgage products.’
    • ‘We would like to register our sadness in reading this article, since it is a step backwards in informing the public of the nature of mental illness.’
    • ‘When the deadline for pool applications closed, 14 media organisations had registered an interest.’
    • ‘Hundreds of potential customers had registered their interest in the service although none had so far been connected, he said.’
    • ‘The trigger level for this exchange is 246 and currently seven households have registered their interest.’
    • ‘He has given people the opportunity to register their interest on the company website.’
    • ‘Watch the website for full details and to register your interest in being part of the celebrations.’
    • ‘The affable John Southworth registers his discontent mildly yet emphatically, his soft British accent shading the offending phrase with the damning taint of dismissiveness.’
    • ‘A customer may have simply registered his dissatisfaction with a salesperson, saying Kia should ‘fire’ that person.’
    • ‘At the heart of the increasing reliance on referenda is dissatisfaction felt by many voters at the difficulty in registering their opinion on a specific issue amid the many other issues brought up at a general election.’
    • ‘We published a short notice about this in our last issue and some of you have gone to our website to view a demonstration and register your opinion.’
    • ‘Customers could register their interest in receiving Broadband on a special programme on Eircom's website.’
    display, show, express, exhibit, evince, betray, disclose, evidence, reveal, manifest, demonstrate, reflect, bespeak, testify to
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    1. 3.1[no object](of an emotion) show in a person's face or gestures.
      ‘nothing registered on their faces’
      • ‘A new emotion registered on his face, but it quickly switched again, now to grim thanks.’
      • ‘Instantly, astonishment registered on the barbarian's face, but Brother Simon didn't let the moment go.’
      • ‘He blinked for a moment, genuine surprise registering on his face.’
      • ‘She smiled, the first time in the day that any honest, uncalculated emotion had registered on her face.’
      • ‘‘Hi, Ben,’ Eileen said, the shock registering quite plainly on her face.’
      • ‘Shock registered in his face and Cassandra suddenly realized what she was doing and snatched her hand back.’
      • ‘Anger registered on her face as she stomped from the room down the hallway and into the bedroom.’
      • ‘Feye rose from her chair slowly, confusion and a little irritation registering on her face.’
      • ‘The black-haired boy stared at me for a moment, awe registering in his eyes, before his grin grew too wide, and he started laughing.’
      • ‘Judge Elberry watched delightedly as horror registered on his prisoners' faces.’
      • ‘Full-blown annoyance registered, yet there was not a flicker in Ramirez’s green eyes.’
      • ‘Sinclaire tensed, and inhaled sharply, the fear registering in his ice coloured eyes for the first time.’
      • ‘She touched Dana's face, but no emotion registered in her eyes, as though she was not concerned about her daughter.’
      • ‘You could see the disappointment registering on the faces of the morbid crowd when they realised we had not grown horns on our foreheads or cloven feet.’
      • ‘He pressed the knife tighter against her throat, smiling at the fear registering in her eyes.’
      • ‘The shock registered on Ethan's face, but for a man who was told his father could be the devil, he didn't seem completely surprised.’
      • ‘Surprise registering when she looked at him, an amused smile bloomed.’
      • ‘She smiled slowly as horror registered on his face.’
      • ‘Alarm instantly registered in Ben's velvet brown eyes, and he stooped at once to feel the child's forehead.’
      • ‘He looked them over, awe and curiosity registering on his face before he skillfully masked his emotions.’
    2. 3.2[usually with negative]Notice or become aware of.
      ‘he hadn't even registered her presence’
      • ‘Her face registered my presence like a camera shutter, flashing from smiling expectancy, through complete surprise, and then back to restrained amiability.’
      • ‘Once the bearded, glaring countenance has registered, its presence is irrepressible.’
      • ‘Whenever she walks into the room, Gary doesn't take a few seconds to register the entirety of her own figure, notices Barbara.’
      • ‘He didn't look up to her, hardly even registered her presence.’
      • ‘Her panic attack had come on her swiftly, so swiftly, in fact, that he had not even registered it until she had collapsed in his arms.’
      • ‘All heads turned to her, registering her presence once again.’
      • ‘She must've noticed it without registering it, and that's why she'd had the dream.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that the more you look for fish, the easier it becomes to register their presence.’
      • ‘I heard the familiar whoosh of the fireplace, but didn't really register it until I heard the voice.’
      • ‘At this, his rolling eyes finally registered my presence.’
      • ‘He doesn't ignore her; just can't seem to register her presence.’
      • ‘Possibly my response had triggered something in him because the next thing I registered were Seth's hands grasping my shoulders to bring me close him, his lips brushing against mine.’
      • ‘In a movement so swift that I hardly registered it until it was over, Andrei raised my hand to his lips and lightly kissed the back of it.’
      • ‘I knew the last piece well and was surprised for it to finish so early - until I registered the look on everyone's faces around me.’
      • ‘Moments after his temporarily absorbed brain registered someone's presence behind him, he heard a sweet, syrupy voice speak up.’
      • ‘Rather quickly though, the desperate looking teen recovers and then decides to glare menacingly at me as if registering my presence in the room at last.’
      • ‘At first in the faded light he fails to notice it, and only registers his presence when his hand reaches out to support his rise to his feet and brushes one of the branches.’
      • ‘So still were the portrait images that they appeared to be photographs until one registered the movement of their breathing.’
      • ‘I held the phone listlessly to my ear until I registered a dial tone.’
      • ‘The mirror on the wall vibrated with every beat of the footsteps, and sluggishly, Lena registered her own shaking image.’
      perceive, discern, be/become aware of, be aware of the fact that, become aware of the fact that, be/become conscious of, be conscious of the fact that, become conscious of the fact that, notice
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    3. 3.3[no object], [usually with negative]Make an impression on a person's mind.
      ‘the content of her statement did not register’
      • ‘He looked down and stepped back from the cracked pavement, his mind not registering for a second exactly what it was seeing, then not wanting to believe what it saw.’
      • ‘She just stared at it for a moment, her mind registering exactly what it was.’
      • ‘Postmodernism seems built on the disillusionment with the possibility of redemption - a stance that registers as both recognizably human and unforgivably cowardly.’
      • ‘He took a deep breath and blinked at what was registering in his mind.’
      • ‘The sound of footsteps gradually registered in her mind, and she glanced up, only to find Eric standing there, an odd half-smile on his deceptively handsome face.’
      • ‘Tall, thin Tudor-imitation buildings travel past me, the familiar not registering in my mind, etched in by repetition.’
      • ‘Everything around me seemed to have become nothing but a blur, the sounds barely even registering in my mind.’
      • ‘It should not even have to register as a perceivable risk to the responsible parent.’
      • ‘‘Sure,’ I hear myself saying before it registers in my mind.’
      • ‘Suddenly his mind registered only one thing: pain!’
      • ‘My mind was still registering witnessing the impossible.’
      • ‘Oh gods, oh gods, she repeated in her mind, just barely registering that she had almost made it out of the clearing and was running across the last stretch of gravel.’
      • ‘I groaned because I was still dead tired and nothing he was saying was registering in my mind.’
      • ‘This was all barely registering in Lora's mind as she idly sat, legs close together, on a moist patch of grass in the garden.’
      • ‘I still couldn't stop my mind from registering how soft his lips felt, or how I had some difficulty in making myself stop what I was doing.’
      • ‘My mind registers that there's a guy pulling me down.’
      • ‘I knew subconsciously that I had witnessed the collision, as it had happened right in front of our bench, but the scene still wasn't registering fully in my mind.’
      • ‘I was only a few paces down the lane when the full impact of the crow's plight registered in my mind.’
      • ‘It was a comforting though as she passed through the archway into the locker rooms, the screaming of the crowds not even registering in her mind.’
      • ‘The scene registered on his mind's eye and later he captured it on canvas.’
      make an impression, get through, sink in, fall into place, penetrate, have an effect, dawn, strike home, be understood
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  • 4Achieve (a certain score or result) in a game or match.

    ‘they registered their third consecutive draw’
    • ‘Two goals in each half kept Sligo in contention despite not registering a score for the final 13 minutes.’
    • ‘St. Pats opened the game in a lively fashion and registered the first score through Mark Dowling.’
    • ‘If anything their dominance became more pronounced on the turnover, and in that entire second half Gaultier failed to register a solitary score.’
    • ‘Once again the Carlow attack disappointed, none of the starting six registering a score from play.’
    • ‘That did not stop the visitors registering the first score.’
    • ‘Boyle wasted no time making his mark, scything through a static Abbey defence from the throw-in to register a great score.’
    • ‘First to register a score was midfielder Niall Hogan who slotted a point from over 35 metres, followed with another minor from James Sheerin.’
    • ‘An inability to register a single score in the first half epitomised their struggling position, and a goal shortly after the restart failed to induce an uplift in performance.’
    • ‘The margin was however reduced shortly afterwards when Wexford registered a score to even the points.’
    • ‘Athy registered their only score by way of a penalty from Michael Conway in the first half and Tullamore were 14-3 ahead at half-time.’
    • ‘But before a score was registered, Paul Hearty was forced to make an incredible save when Ryan Mellon had a shot on goal.’
    • ‘Kerry failed to register a score in the last quarter and it was fitting that Sheridan, with two late points, should ensure Meath stay on course to regain a title they last won in 1997.’
    • ‘The Mayo outfit - whose Senior team feature in Division Three of the All-Ireland League - failed to register a score.’
    • ‘Colm Farrell registered their first score of the second half with a fantastic looping shot executed over his shoulder with his back to goal.’
    • ‘Jenny Coady was first to register a score for Wildcats with two free shots.’
    • ‘The first quarter of last Saturday evening's game was to prove costly for the All-Stars as they allowed the opposition to gain a lead of 20 points before registering their first score.’
    • ‘Armagh were finding holes through the Monaghan back line, but failed to register scores.’
    • ‘This was the first championship win for Kiltimagh in Claremorris in many years and it was also the biggest score registered by the Club in championship football in a long time.’
    • ‘To their credit Ballylinan battled hard and after a good break Kieran Kelly scored a fine point to register their second score of the game.’
    • ‘Indeed it was Athy who were to register the only score of the second half when Bell kicked his third penalty to leave Newbridge needing a converted try to win with ten minutes to go.’
  • 5Photography Printing
    Correspond or cause to correspond exactly in position.

    [no object] ‘they are adjusted until the impressions register’
    [with object] ‘alignment is achieved by registering the two images’
    • ‘On a light table, place your negative on top of the print and align it until it is registered.’
    • ‘She shot it with a simple device whereby one digital camera could register simultaneous images from two pinholes set at 90 degrees to one another.’


Late Middle English: from Old French regestre or medieval Latin regestrum, registrum, alteration of regestum, singular of late Latin regesta things recorded, from regerere enter, record.