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reader

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noun read·er \ˈrē-dər\

Simple Definition of reader

  • : a person who reads a book, magazine, newspaper, etc.

  • : a machine that is used for reading text or information that is stored on film, tape, etc.

  • : a book that is used to learn how to read or to practice reading in your own language or in a foreign language

Full Definition of reader

  1. 1 a :  one that reads b :  one appointed to read to others: as (1) :  lector (2) :  one chosen to read aloud selected material in a Christian Science church or society c (1) :  proofreader (2) :  one who evaluates manuscripts (3) :  one who reads periodical literature to discover items of special interest or value d :  an employee who reads and records the indications of meters e :  a teacher's assistant who reads and marks student papers

  2. 2 British :  one who reads lectures or expounds subjects to students

  3. 3 a :  a device for projecting a readable image of a transparency b :  a unit that scans material recorded (as on punch cards) for storage or computation

  4. 4 a :  a book for instruction and practice especially in reading b :  anthology

Examples of reader

  1. The book's ending leaves readers to draw their own conclusions.

  2. a magazine with three million readers



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of reader

before 12th century


READER Defined for Kids

reader

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noun read·er \ˈrē-dər\

Definition of reader

  1. 1 :  a person who reads or has the ability to read

  2. 2 :  a book for learning or practicing reading





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