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It hadn’t properly registered yet with Arthur that the council wanted to knock it down" - what's the meaning of register with someone here?

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Like this: It hadn't sunk in yet. Arthur had not come to accept reality.

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There is a definition for this use of 'register' in the Merriam-Webster Learner's dictionary

4 a [no object] : to be recognized or remembered

It took a moment for what she was saying to register. [=it took a moment before I understood what she was saying]

— often used in negative statements The name didn't register with me. [=I didn't recognize the name]

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