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

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Each student was asked to first read a description of a fictional baseball inning and then move the wooden figures to reenact it. Natalie Wexler, The Atlantic, "Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong," 9 July 2019 By then, the first read of third-quarter GDP was already out. Simon Constable, WSJ, "What Is Gross Output and Intermediate Inputs?," 6 Jan. 2019 The Alpharetta City Council has approved on first reading a $129 million budget for the 2019 fiscal year. David Ibata, ajc, "Alpharetta advances FY 2019 budget," 12 June 2018 Morris first read about Gershwin's national anthem in a biography on the composer. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "Is it time for another national anthem? New competition lets Americans try to write one," 3 July 2018 Thus, Fallon invited viewers to vote online and via social media with their pick, and after receiving more than 100,000 votes, Fallon announced the club’s first read for the month of July last week. Rachel King, Fortune, "Book Clubs Are Really Having a Moment Right Now," 2 July 2018 In regular session, the council approved on first reading an ordinance requiring businesses to have a shopping-cart containment plan or retrieval service. Laura Groch,, "How they voted, June 24," 24 June 2018 Foles looked off his first read, turned and fired, but the toss was right to linebacker Nate Gerry. Jeff Mclane,, "Eagles practice observations: Jalen Mills locks down; Nelson Agholor explodes; Dallas Goedert catches on," 13 June 2018 In regular session, the council approved on first reading an ordinance requiring all commercial service providers who access docks to obtain a permit from the Small Craft Harbor District. Laura Groch,, "How they voted, April 1," 1 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of first reading

1571, in the meaning defined above

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