Definition of registration in US English:



  • 1The action or process of registering or of being registered.

    ‘the registration of births, marriages, and deaths’
    ‘the number of new private car registrations has increased’
    • ‘With a population of 300-million people, and registration among youth increasing, a power shift was inevitable.’
    • ‘However, the awareness among the people about the importance of birth registration is significantly lower than the national average.’
    • ‘Across the nation, the massive increase in voter registration that has been a hallmark of the campaign is evident among the young as well.’
    • ‘The matter was raised under their monthly housing report which showed that registration of private rented dwellings has reached 727.’
    • ‘The addition of this fee is intended to ease the process of registration during orientation week.’
    • ‘The largest European observer group also found flaws with every step of the electoral process from voter registration and campaigning to the actual vote.’
    • ‘He trained in London as an actuary before migrating to Melbourne in 1852, and in the following year took charge of the new system of compulsory civil registration of births, deaths, and marriages.’
    • ‘The 1907 Notification of Births Act in Britain facilitated registration of births and home visits by infant-care specialists.’
    • ‘Massachusetts in 1842 became the first state to commence comprehensive registration of births, deaths, and marriages.’
    • ‘This hour, Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to work a crowd in Riverside, California, and try to pump up voter registration in the process.’
    • ‘The centre has also acknowledged that the rate of registration of births in the country is less than 40 per cent.’
    • ‘The process of registration is slow and laborious and this has been compounded by the low number of people who have been assigned to carry out the task.’
    • ‘But, the income from registration did not increase as the Government had expected.’
    • ‘He claimed that Yahoo profits from the free online registration process because it increases advertising revenues and consumer information it collects is used for marketing purposes.’
    • ‘Controls were selected from registers compiled through the legally required process of birth registration.’
    • ‘This tax is known as Vehicle Registration Tax and is payable on the first registration of a car in the State, which has to be done before it can be licensed for road tax purposes, thereby making the car legal to drive.’
    • ‘All these groups concentrate their resources on increasing youth registration and turnout.’
    • ‘‘Effectively this means people are forced to complete the process of registration twice,’ said Mr Murphy.’
    • ‘In the second phase, the collection of tax from private car owners, registration of vehicles and allotment of numbers to the newly registered vehicles would be performed by the computers.’
    • ‘Most queries fielded by One Family related to legal issues relating to guardianship, divorce, separation, birth registration, and social welfare issues.’
    1. 1.1 A certificate that attests to the registering of a person, automobile, etc.
      • ‘When a work is sold, the registration - complete with its descriptive history - is transferred to the new owner.’
      • ‘The officer returned with his bow-legged walk, a new yellowish paper in his hand on top of the registration he had handed him earlier.’
      • ‘I was told to simply buy Office 95, register it by snail-mail or fax and include a copy of the receipt with the registration.’
  • 2Music
    A combination of stops used when playing the organ.

    • ‘If the content of the pieces is somewhat lacking, then the composer's ear for the perfect registration does mean that there are some delicious sounds to be savoured and Harold Britton makes the most of them.’
    • ‘Etherington adopts an apt change in registration, giving vent to the diapasons that would have been the lynchpin of organs in Handel's own time.’
    • ‘Faultless registration and tempi; fluidity of rhythm and her ability to make the instrument sing out into the acoustic of the building are becoming hallmarks of this series.’
    • ‘Ian Hare resisted the temptation to over-play his hand at the start, keeping a firm grip on the music's architecture with a fine control of pace and registration.’


Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin registratio(n-), based on Latin regerere ‘enter, record’ (see register).