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sight–read

play
verb \-ˌrēd\

Simple Definition of sight–read

  • : to perform (written music) while reading it for the first time without practicing it

Full Definition of sight–read

sight–read \-ˌred\sight–read·ing \-ˌrē-diŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to read (as a foreign language) or perform (music) without previous preparation or study

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to read at sight; especially :  to perform music at sight

sight reader noun

Origin of sight–read

back-formation from sight reader


First Known Use: 1903


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