DEFINITION of 'Register'

1. The act of recording an event, transaction, name or other information.

2. An aggregation of stored data, usually containing past events, transactions, names or other information.

3. A record of all charges to a debit account


Registering occurs any time information is filed from one party to another. This includes registering for a membership, applying for a type of license or filing a tax return with the government. In a financial sense, publicly traded companies are required to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and periodically file forms such as the 10-Q, 10-K and 8-K.