In linguistics, a register is a variety of a language used for a particular purpose or in a particular social setting. For example, when speaking in a formal setting, an English speaker may be more likely to adhere more closely to prescribed grammar, pronounce words ending in -ing with a velar nasal instead of an alveolar nasal, choose more formal words, and refrain from using contractions such as ain't, than when speaking in an informal setting.

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  1. A formal recording of names, events, transactions etc.
    The teacher took the register by calling out each child's name.
  2. A book of such entries.
  3. An entry in such a book.
  4. The act of registering.
  5. A certificate issued by the collector of customs of a port or district to the owner of a vessel, containing the description of a vessel, its name, ownership, and other material facts. It is kept on board the vessel, to be used as evidence of nationality or as a muniment of title.
  6. One who registers or records; a registrar; especially, a public officer charged with the duty of recording certain transactions or events.
    a register of deeds
  7. A device that automatically records a quantity.
  8. The part of a telegraphic apparatus that automatically records the message received.
  9. A list of received calls in a phone set.
  10. Part of the central processing unit used to store and manipulate numbers.
  11. The exact alignment of lines, margins and colors.
  12. The inner part of the mould in which types are cast.
  13. The range of a voice or instrument.
  14. An organ stop.
  15. A style of a language used in a particular context
    My ex-boss used "let go", in the euphemistic register, when he sacked me.
  16. A grille at the outflow of a ventilation duct.
  17. short form for cash register


  1. To enter in a register.
  2. To enroll, especially to vote.
  3. To record, especially in writing.
  4. To express outward signs.
  5. To record officially and handle specially.
  6. To adjust so as to be properly aligned.
  7. To place one's name, or have one's name placed in a register.
  8. To enroll as a student.
  9. To make an impression.
  10. To be in proper alignment.
  11. To voluntarily sign over for safe keeping, abandoning complete ownership for partial.

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