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Simple Definition of reading

  • : the act of reading something

  • : the activity of reading a book, magazine, etc.

  • : a book, article, etc., that is being read or that is intended to be read

Full Definition of reading

  1. 1 :  the act of reading

  2. 2 a :  material read or for reading b :  extent of material read

  3. 3 a :  a particular version b :  data indicated by an instrument

  4. 4 a :  a particular interpretation of something (as a law) b :  a particular performance of something (as a musical work)

  5. 5 :  an indication of a certain state of affairs <a study to get some reading of shoppers' preferences>

Examples of reading

  1. The family attended the reading of her will.

  2. The speech ended with a reading from his latest novel.

  3. After several readings, I finally understood the meaning of the poem.

  4. He needs help in reading.

  5. The teacher gave us a list of books for further reading on the subject.

  6. He has done a lot of reading on this subject.

  7. The reading for today is about human cloning.

  8. Moby-Dick is required reading for any scholar of 19th-century American literature.

  9. The pastor selected a reading for tonight's service.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of reading

before 12th century

Rhymes with reading


geographical name Read·ing \ˈre-diŋ\

Definition of Reading

  1. 1 town E Massachusetts N of Boston pop 24,747

  2. 2 city SE Pennsylvania on the Schuylkill pop 88,082

  3. 3 town S England ∗ of Berkshire pop 122,600

Rhymes with reading

READING Defined for Kids


noun read·ing \ˈrē-diŋ\

Definition of reading

  1. 1 :  the act of reading <a poetry reading>

  2. 2 :  something read or available to be read

  3. 3 :  the number or fact shown on an instrument <Take a reading from the thermometer.>

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February 8, 2016

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