American English

Definition of register verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they register
    he / she / it registers
    past simple registered
    -ing form registering
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    put name on list
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to record your/someone's/something's name on an official list register something to register a birth/marriage/death to register a company/trademark register something in something The ship was registered in Panama. register somebody + adj. She is officially registered (as) disabled. register (somebody) as something 7,500 people were registered as exhibitors. register (with somebody/something) You need to register with our office by December 1. register (at/for something) to register at a hotel
  2. officially join class
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] to arrange for yourself or for someone else to officially join a class in school synonym enroll register (for something) When do you register for the spring semester? register somebody (at something) Tommy's mother registered him at the local elementary school.
  4. give opinion publicly
  5. 3[transitive] register something (formal) to make your opinion known officially or publicly China has registered a protest over foreign intervention.
  6. on measuring instrument
  7. 4[intransitive] (+ noun) if a measuring instrument registers an amount or something registers an amount on a measuring instrument, the instrument shows or records that amount The thermometer registered 32°F. The earthquake registered 3 on the Richter scale. The stock exchange has registered huge losses this week.
  8. show feeling
  9. 5[transitive, no passive, intransitive] register (something) (formal) to show or express a feeling Her face registered disapproval. Shock registered on everyone's face.
  10. notice something
  11. 6[transitive, no passive, intransitive] (often used in negative sentences) register (something) to notice something and remember it; to be noticed He barely registered our presence. I told her my name, but it obviously didn't register.
  12. letter/package
  13. 7[transitive, usually passive] register something to send something by mail, paying extra money to protect it against loss or damage Can I register this, please? a registered letter
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: register