first reading


Definition of first reading

: the first submitting of a bill before a quorum of a legislative assembly usually by title or number only

Examples of first reading in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finney had first tried to table the legislation, then convinced council to put it on first reading (of three before a vote is taken) so that council can further discuss it in committee. cleveland, "Mayfield Heights council considers moratorium on all future apartment construction," 27 June 2020 And on its first reading, the National Assembly unanimously backed his bill. The Economist, "Townies v tractors French urbanites fuss about rustic noises and smells," 20 June 2020 Yet stricter regulation to prevent and liquidate oil spills has been stalled in parliament since 2018, when a draft bill passed its first reading. Olga Tanas,, "Putin’s Fury Over Diesel Spill May Force Green Reform in Russia," 11 June 2020 Evans, who had gotten a mastectomy in 1991 and a silicone reconstructive implant in 2007 as part of her breast cancer treatment, first read about BIA-ALCL on Facebook, and wondered if she might be affected. Maria Aspan, Fortune, "Medical devices are nearly impossible for patients to track. Can these companies finally fix that?," 29 May 2020 The board approved on first reading the California School Board Association’s new policy on appropriate adult-student interaction; and heard an update on the Technology and Innovation Department’s strategic plan. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How they voted, Oct. 13," 13 Oct. 2019 This is my first read by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and to say I am obsessed with this story is an understatement. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "'Daisy Jones & The Six' Surpassed #ReadWithMC Reviewers' Expectations," 1 May 2019 In 2019, Dalton threw to his first read on 77% of his passes -- 10% higher than the NFL average -- according to Pro Football Focus. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Why Andy Dalton will be a great backup QB for the Dallas Cowboys," 6 May 2020 LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury company, gave investors their first read on the industry’s performance through the health crisis after the Paris stock market closed Thursday. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Luxury Can Only Dream of a 2010-Style Comeback," 17 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'first reading.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of first reading

1571, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about first reading

Time Traveler for first reading

Time Traveler

The first known use of first reading was in 1571

See more words from the same year

Statistics for first reading

Last Updated

5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“First reading.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

Comments on first reading

What made you want to look up first reading? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!