read

verb
\ ˈrēd How to pronounce read (audio) \
read\ ˈred How to pronounce read (audio) \; reading\ ˈrē-​diŋ How to pronounce reading (audio) \

Definition of read

 (Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to receive or take in the sense of (letters, symbols, etc.) especially by sight or touch
(2) : to study the movements of with mental formulation of the communication expressed read lips
(3) : to utter aloud the printed or written words of read them a story
b : to learn from what one has seen or found in writing or printing
c : to deliver aloud by or as if by reading specifically : to utter interpretively
d(1) : to become acquainted with or look over the contents of (something, such as a book)
(2) : to make a study of read law
(3) : to read the works of
e : to check (something, such as copy or proof) for errors
f(1) : to receive and understand (a voice message) by radio
2a : to interpret the meaning or significance of read palms
b : foretell, predict able to read his fortune
3 : to recognize or interpret as if by reading: such as
a : to learn the nature of by observing outward expression or signs reads him like a book
b : to note the action or characteristics of in order to anticipate what will happen a good canoeist reads the rapids a golfer reading a green also : to predict the movement of (a putt) by reading a green
c : to anticipate by observation of an opponent's position or movement read a blitz
4a : to attribute a meaning to (something read) : interpret how do you read this passage
b : to attribute (a meaning) to something read or considered read a nonexistent meaning into her words
5 : to use as a substitute for or in preference to another word or phrase in a particular passage, text, or version read hurry for harry often used to introduce a clarifying substitute for a euphemistic or misleading word or phrase a friendly, read nosy, coworker
6 : indicate the thermometer reads zero
7 : to interpret (a musical work) in performance
8a : to acquire (information) from storage especially : to sense the meaning of (data) in recorded and coded form used of a computer or data processor A compiler is a program that translates instructions written by a human programmer into more specific codes that can be directly read by a computer. — John Markoff
b : to read the coded information on (something, such as a CD) I had a minor problem with the disk drive in that the machine would not read the disk the first time it was powered up each day but had to be turned off and back on again.— Robert Moskowitz

intransitive verb

1a : to perform the act of reading words : read something
b(1) : to learn something by reading
(2) : to pursue a course of study
2a : to yield a particular meaning or impression when read
b : to be readable or read in a particular manner or to a particular degree this book reads smoothly
3 : to consist of specific words, phrases, or other similar elements a passage that reads differently in older versions
read between the lines
: to understand more than is directly stated
read the riot act
1 : to order a mob to disperse
2a : to order or warn to cease something
b : to protest vehemently
c : to reprimand severely

read

adjective
\ ˈred How to pronounce read (audio) \

Definition of read (Entry 2 of 5)

: instructed by or informed through reading

read

noun
\ ˈrēd How to pronounce read (audio) \

Definition of read (Entry 3 of 5)

1 chiefly British : a period of reading it was a night … for a read and a long sleep— William Sansom
2 : something (such as a book) that is read a novel that's a good read
3 : the action or an instance of reading

Read

biographical name (1)
\ ˈrēd How to pronounce Read (audio) \

Definition of Read (Entry 4 of 5)

George 1733–1798 American statesman in Revolution

Read

biographical name (2)

Definition of Read (Entry 5 of 5)

Sir Herbert 1893–1968 English writer

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Synonyms for read

Synonyms: Verb

peruse, pore (over)

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Examples of read in a Sentence

Verb

She learned to read at a very early age. I can't read your handwriting. He likes reading the newspaper. She reads a lot of mystery novels. She starts work every day by reading her e-mail. Didn't you read the instructions? Please read from Chapter 5 through Chapter 10. He read the poem aloud. He wrote down the address I gave him and read it back to me. Her mother read to her every night at bedtime.

Noun

He reviewed the book after several reads. She was lying in bed having a peaceful read.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For those who want to hear authors and not just read them, the season also brings a full calendar of worthwhile events in San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Books: Grace Talusan, Matt Coyle, Kiersten White and more," 15 Sep. 2019 Police found the basement door open, went inside and found Davis in a bedroom on the second floor, the statement reads. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster man charged with assault after allegedly fighting two sheriff’s deputies," 12 Sep. 2019 For much of his speech, Portune read from a statement. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "'My cancer has spread.' Todd Portune announces retirement after quarter-century in local politics," 12 Sep. 2019 To read the plan in its entirety, visit elizabethwarren.com. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Elizabeth Warren Calls Trump Administration ‘The Most Corrupt Administration Of Our Lifetimes’," 16 Sep. 2019 Each participant must have the ability to read and understand English and have basic computer skills to effectively complete the assessment. Burbank Leader, "Burbank Area Calendar: Square-dancing class for singles and couples offered at senior center," 16 Sep. 2019 The dead included Muslims, as Zaheda Rahman underscored after reading names at ground zero. Washington Post, "18 years later, America vows to ‘never forget’ 9/11," 13 Sep. 2019 There was a mixture of favorite English hymns, and Ella’s uncles Jared and Jamie Harris read unpublished poems as well as a letter by the bride’s late grandfather Richard Harris. Vogue, "The Bride Arrived by Boat for Her English Wedding at Sarsden Lake," 13 Sep. 2019 Children who spend too much time engaged in electronic media are more likely to read and exercise less, be overweight, have lower grades and get less sleep. Daily Pilot, "Capistrano Valley High School hosts panel for parents concerned about teens’ gaming and social media habits," 12 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

All three can be run in RAID 0 with more than 8GBps of read speed, Asus says. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "No, really: Asus' crazy ROG Mothership is like a Surface Pro for gaming," 6 Jan. 2019 The majority of the at-home test kits use quick-read chemical strips to detect major hazards including lead, some chemicals, some pesticides and bacteria. Debbie Carlson, chicagotribune.com, "How to buy an at-home water testing kit," 15 Mar. 2018 This 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps SSD has a maximum sequential read speed of 540MB/s and a maximum write speed of 520 MB/s. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "A 500GB Samsung 850 Evo is $150 today," 21 Aug. 2017 The 2012 iMac has a 128GB SATA SSD—its write speeds are limited by its low capacity, but the read speed is roughly indicative of where SATA SSDs were in 2012. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Mini-review: How much faster have high-end iMacs gotten in the last 5 years?," 14 June 2017 As mentioned yesterday, The Chicago Tribune catalogued some curious changes with his Facebook results, with a growth in little read postings. vanityfair.com, "Why Are Cable News Stars Still Paid So Much Money?," 20 Apr. 2017 As mentioned yesterday, The Chicago Tribune catalogued some curious changes with his Facebook results, with a growth in little read postings. The Hive, "Why Are Cable News Stars Still Paid So Much Money?," 20 Apr. 2017 Our results are consistent with read number being proportional to fish numbers, but more work is needed on the precise relationship of eDNA and fish abundance. Mark Stoeckle, Smithsonian, "Scientists Can Tell What Fish Live Where Based On DNA in the Water," 13 Apr. 2017 Reader’s Corner airs Fridays at 6 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 11 a.m. on KBSX 91.5 FM. Bob Kustra And The Reader’s Corner Team, idahostatesman, "Reader’s Corner: How Hollywood Communists shaped an iconic film," 23 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Texas A&M faced first-and-goal from the 4-yard line, and as Dinson motioned toward the line to blitz, Murray pulled the ball on a zone read and sprinted toward the right side of the field, his eyes fixated on the pylon. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "4 years after devastating injury nearly ended his career, Jeremiah Dinson is better than ever," 16 Sep. 2019 One of the biggest highlights from the first two games — Fields’ 51-yard touchdown run to open the scoring against Florida Atlantic — came off a zone read on which the Buckeyes’ offensive line cleared an untouched portal to the end zone. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Can Ohio State football recreate the connection that made J.K. Dobbins a freshman sensation? Friday Focus," 13 Sep. 2019 The breezy read uses stories from professional basketball stars to inspire readers to accomplish their goals. BostonGlobe.com, "Gallo maintains the decision to “pause” the mandatory use of the book will not be a total loss for the district. She said the books have been distributed to all schools, and teachers still have the option to use sections of it in class.," 12 Sep. 2019 Jackson is also playing for a QB coach, James Urban, who has a gift for explaining reads in clear, user-friendly terms. 2. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Steelers’ Weaknesses on Both Sides of the Ball Exposed in Loss to Patriots," 11 Sep. 2019 In celebration of their new Studio A/W 19 collection, H&M partnered with cool kids like artist and model Carlotta Kohl, musician Zsela, and model Precious Lee to celebrate in style (read: a party at a mansion, swoon!). Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "H&M Hosted a Soiree Celebrating Its Autumn/Winter 2019 Collection in New York," 6 Sep. 2019 Not everyone has the ESPN computer’s read on the Dolphins season. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde10: Stunning ESPN computer idea, Vegas odds — 10 ideas on Dolphins tank job," 3 Sep. 2019 Parent Ana Suarez-Maldonado brought her kids to one read-aloud sponsored by the partnership earlier this month at the Riggins Urban Barber College on Euclid Street. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How a Southeast San Diego community is working to teach children how to read," 21 July 2019 Officer John Arnold’s profile photo from 2014 read. Dallas News, "Here’s why Dallas leaders are troubled by police officers’ questionable and bigoted Facebook posts," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of read

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

Adjective

1586, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for read

Verb

Middle English reden to advise, interpret, read, from Old English rǣdan; akin to Old High German rātan to advise, Sanskrit rādhnoti he achieves, prepares

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read

verb

English Language Learners Definition of read

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to look at and understand the meaning of letters, words, symbols, etc.
: to read the words of (a book, magazine, etc.)
: to speak aloud the words of (something written)

read

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of read (Entry 2 of 3)

: having knowledge that has been gained from reading books, articles, etc.

read

noun

English Language Learners Definition of read (Entry 3 of 3)

informal
: something (such as a book) that is read
: an act of reading something (such as a book, article, etc.)
chiefly British : a period of time spent reading

read

verb
\ ˈrēd How to pronounce read (audio) \
read\ ˈred \; reading\ ˈrē-​diŋ \

Kids Definition of read

1 : to understand language through written symbols for speech sounds
2 : to speak aloud written or printed words I read a poem to the class.
3 : to learn from information provided in writing or printing We bought a newspaper to read about the fire.
4 : to discover something about by looking at certain characteristics or behavior read palms On his face I read boredom.
5 : to show by letters or numbers The thermometer reads zero.
6 : to explain what something is … these tracks were … wolves' tracks. Pa read the tracks for Mary …— Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie
7 : to interpret stored data (as on a computer drive or optical disk) The DVD player has to read the disk.

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