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 : the act of reading
2 a : material read or for reading b : extent of material read
3 a : a particular version b : data indicated by an instrument
4 a : a particular interpretation of something (as a law) b : a particular performance of something (as a musical work)
5 : an indication of a certain state of affairs <a study to get some reading of shoppers' preferences>
Examples of reading in a sentence
The family attended the reading of her will.
The speech ended with a reading from his latest novel.
After several readings, I finally understood the meaning of the poem.
He needs help in reading.
The teacher gave us a list of books for further reading on the subject.
He has done a lot of reading on this subject.
The reading for today is about human cloning.
Moby-Dick is required reading for any scholar of 19th-century American literature.
The pastor selected a reading for tonight's service.
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of reading
before 12th century
Definition of Reading
1 town E Massachusetts N of Boston pop 24,747
2 city SE Pennsylvania on the Schuylkill pop 88,082
3 town S England ∗ of Berkshire pop 122,600
READING Defined for Kids
Definition of reading for Students
1 : the act of reading <a poetry reading>
2 : something read or available to be read
3 : the number or fact shown on an instrument <Take a reading from the thermometer.>
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