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verb register pronunciation in British English /ˈredʒɪstə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleregistering
past tenseregistered
past participleregistered
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to put your name and other information on an official list in order to be allowed to vote, study, stay in a hotel etc
    Where do we go to register?
    register for: Have you registered for the English exam yet?
    register with: When you move house, you need to register with a local doctor.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to put information about someone or something on an official list
      The company was originally registered in 1856.
      Births must be registered within 42 days.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to show as a particular measurement on a piece of equipment
    an earthquake registering 5.1 on the Richter scale
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to realize or notice something
    She did tell me she’d be out, but it didn’t register.
    Austin stared at him, as if registering his presence for the first time.
  4. 4
    [transitive] formal to show your feelings about something in your face or voice
    George’s look registered his confusion.
  5. 5
    [transitive] formal to make your opinion known publicly or officially
    demonstrators seeking to register a protest against the new law
    I decided to register a complaint with the manager.
  6. 6
    [transitive] mainly journalism to achieve something in a game or competition
    City registered their fourth successive home win.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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