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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Keep reading to learn one (or 21) new skin-care tips and tricks — all approved by dermatologists. 1. Kat Suico, Allure, "The 21 Best Skin-Care Tips of All Time, According to Dermatologists," 23 Mar. 2019 Head to TripAdvisor to read reviews of Singapore Airlines. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "These Are the Top 10 Airlines in the World," 20 Mar. 2019 The custom rugs, especially, with motifs that range from plus signs to sisal diamonds, convey structure without reading too harsh. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "This Brian J. McCarthy-Designed Hamptons Home is Filled with the Unexpected," 13 Mar. 2019 The two are each other's professional support network, reading scripts together and occasionally working together on various TV and film projects. Maria Carter, Woman's Day, "The Unconventional Path That Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy Took to Wedded Bliss," 12 Mar. 2019 To read this news in a positive light, more controversy means scrutiny, and — in the long run — more solutions. James Vincent, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AI," 30 Dec. 2018 Jennifer handed me a little handmade leather bound book and told me to read it. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "14 Things You Didn't Know About HGTV Home Town Stars Ben and Erin Napier," 8 Mar. 2019 The royal reporter also shared a full transcript of Prince Harry's speech, in case any royal fans want to read it in its entirety. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Made a Surprise Joint Appearance at WE Day," 6 Mar. 2019 When waiters came around with a bottle of champagne with a note on it, Jenna took the note off, read it, and, apparently, burst out laughing. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Jenna Bush Hager and Husband Henry Chase Hager Have the Best Love Story," 1 Mar. 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

Billie may be out here leaving Shawn Mendes on read (seriously WHO would do that??), but that doesn't mean fans are giving up hope that the two might collaborate in the near future. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All the Signs That Shawn Mendes and Billie Eilish are Working on a Collab Together," 4 Apr. 2019 Roast until the internal temperature of pork on an instant read thermometer reaches 145°F, 10 to 15 minutes. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin With Roasted Fennel," 15 Mar. 2019 Moving from planting in spring, to a farmer’s market in the summer, to an outdoor picnic on a warm sunny day, this is a great read-aloud book to share with everyone (just like a yummy meal!). Monica Carnesi, Philly.com, "Kids summer book picks from the Free Library," 12 June 2018 In another drill, two sets of centers, quarterbacks and running backs lined up opposite one another as the quarterback practiced zone-read plays, either handing the ball off to the running back or keeping it himself and darting up the field. Ben Bolch, latimes.com, "Chip Kelly's first spring football practice at UCLA is 'high energy, fast tempo'," 7 Mar. 2018 Able to make the right read and find open teammates. Heather Boehm, SI.com, "Mavs Pick Trae Young No. 5 in 2018 NBA Draft, Reportedly Trade Rights to Hawks," 21 June 2018 Burrow's ability to dissect defenses and make correct reads on plays even when his first option was wide open isn't the norm for most high school QBs. Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com, "New LSU quarterback Joe Burrow born ready for his shot at starter," 26 May 2018 Making reads, working angles, all things that create plays in the backfield. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "What's next for Michigan's Khaleke Hudson? Anything he wants," 9 May 2018 Hernandez made an excellent read on the ball and timed his leap perfectly. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Giants outfielder dropped his HR-robbing catch attempt at the worst possible time," 7 May 2018

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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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