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register n

[Anglo-French registre, from Medieval Latin registrum, alteration of Late Latin regesta, pl., register, from Latin, neuter plural of regestus, past participle of regerere to bring back, pile up, collect]
1 : a written record containing regular entries of items or details
: police register
2 a : a book or system of public records (as titles or patents)
b : a roster of qualified or available individuals
c : the formal record maintained by a corporation of the names and addresses of holders of its registered securities
3 : registry
4 probably alteration of Middle English registrer registrar
: registrar
vb -tered
1 : to make or secure official entry of in a register [ a car] [ a title]
2 : to enroll formally esp. as a voter or student
3 : to secure special protection for (a piece of mail) by prepayment of a fee
1 : to enroll one's name in a register
2 : to enroll one's name officially as a prerequisite for voting

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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