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read

verb \ ˈrēd \

Definition of read

read play \ˈred\; reading play \ˈrē-diŋ\
transitive verb
1 a (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
2 a :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
4 a :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
8 a :to acquire (information) from storage; especially :to sense the meaning of (data) in recorded and coded form used of a computer or data processor
b :to read the coded information on
  • read a floppy disk
intransitive verb
1 a :to perform the act of reading words :read something
b (1) :to learn something by reading
(2) :to pursue a course of study
2 a :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
2 a :to order or warn to cease something
b :to protest vehemently
c :to reprimand severely

Examples of read in a Sentence

  1. She learned to read at a very early age.

  2. I can't read your handwriting.

  3. He likes reading the newspaper.

  4. She reads a lot of mystery novels.

  5. She starts work every day by reading her e-mail.

  6. Didn't you read the instructions?

  7. Please read from Chapter 5 through Chapter 10.

  8. He read the poem aloud.

  9. He wrote down the address I gave him and read it back to me.

  10. Her mother read to her every night at bedtime.

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Origin and Etymology of read

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

read Synonyms

Synonyms
peruse, pore (over)
Related Words
browse, dip (into), leaf (through), scan, skim, speed-read, thumb (through), turn over; devour, gobble (up); slog (through), wade (through); reread; proofread; decipher; review, study; apprehend, comprehend, get, grasp, make, make out, perceive, see, tumble (to), understand
Near Antonyms
describe, narrate, recite, recount, relate, report, tell

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read

adjective \ ˈred \

Definition of read

:instructed by or informed through reading

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First Known Use of read

1586


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read

noun \ ˈrēd \

Definition of read

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

Examples of read in a Sentence

  1. He reviewed the book after several reads.

  2. She was lying in bed having a peaceful read.

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First Known Use of read

1825


Read

biographical name \ ˈrēd \

Definition of Read

George 1733–1798 American statesman in Revolution

Read

biographical name

Definition of Read

Sir Herbert 1893–1968 English writer

READ Defined for English Language Learners

read

verb

Definition of read for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of read for English Language Learners

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


read

noun

Definition of read for English Language Learners

  • : something (such as a book) that is read

  • : an act of reading something (such as a book, article, etc.)

  • : a period of time spent reading


READ Defined for Kids

read

verb \ ˈrēd \

Definition of read for Students

read \ˈred\; reading \ˈrē-diŋ\
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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