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 phrasea 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
\ 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

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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 Then Nunes read the rough transcript of April call between the Trump-Zelensky in which Trump congratulated him on winning the presidential election. Author: John Wagner, Colby Itkowitz, Anchorage Daily News, "Former U.S. ambassador testifies at impeachment hearing that smear campaign led to her removal," 15 Nov. 2019 In another context, the slogan could be read as aspirational. Sookyoung Lee, Quartz at Work, "South Korea’s success-obsessed culture is finally reckoning with its dark side," 14 Nov. 2019 The next day, Cook read a newspaper story about Japanese balloon bombs that urged citizens to report to police any suspicious-looking objects. Keith Matheny, Freep.com, "How the Japanese bombed Michigan during World War II," 14 Nov. 2019 The children Rizzo's sons can speak, and the older is starting to read and write. Author: Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, "The autistic children of sperm donor H898," 16 Sep. 2019 Don’t put down that book Our ability to read and write can be preserved well into older adulthood. Roger J. Kreuz, Quartz, "The one skill that doesn’t deteriorate with age," 13 Sep. 2019 And Hong Kong is reading Ma Jian’s dystopian novel China Dream, which is banned in mainland China but not here. George Will, National Review, "Hong Kong’s Summer of Heroic Dissent," 12 Sep. 2019 The Town of Vernon will celebrate its first Poet Laureate, Pegi Deitz Shea, at Rockville Public Library, 52 Union St., Vernon, on Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. A poetry reading and reception will follow. Carole Goldberg, courant.com, "Write Stuff: Author Jan Brett talks and draws in Mystic to launch new children’s book, ‘Tiger Slippers’," 11 Sep. 2019 Analysis on the most important global story of the day, top reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know, in your inbox weekdays. Washington Post, "French First Lady sets up adult school in poor Paris suburb," 18 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 So make sure to give the story a read this weekend. Logan Jaffe, ProPublica, "An Illinois Superhero You’ve Never Heard Of," 1 Nov. 2019 To judge from the program, Bret Baier’s book may be worth a read. Conrad Black, National Review, "Planning the Post-War World," 24 Oct. 2019 This tiny card is 4K UHD and full HD-ready and is capable of up to 160MB/s in read speeds. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Save on SD cards and external storage with Amazon's Gold Box deal," 22 Oct. 2019 The plan was to give her a read after Teaira McCowan and Candice Dupree set picks for her. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Wheeler's late layup propels Fever over Atlanta despite poor offensive performance," 1 Aug. 2019 Jeff McNeil made a sprinting read on the ball and leaped into the stands to make the catch. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "The White Sox's expanded netting saved fans from Jeff McNeil's leaping catch," 1 Aug. 2019 SanDisk 400 GB MicroSD Card with Adapter for $45 ($20 off): Offering up to 100-megabytes per second read speeds and 60 megabytes per second write speeds, this SanDisk is speedy enough for most things. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "11 Prime Day Deals on Essential Travel Gear," 16 July 2019 One of them, safety Earl Thomas III recalled, was a zone read. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "From a Ravens walk-through to the end zone: How Lamar Jackson ran past the Bengals on one magical play," 10 Nov. 2019 Centered on a spindle, the platter rotates and an electronic current reads and writes data onto the surface. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How To Wipe a Computer of All Your Personal Data," 6 Nov. 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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The first known use of read was before the 12th century

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20 Nov 2019

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“Read.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/read?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=r&file=read0005. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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read

verb
How to pronounce Read (audio)

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)
How to pronounce Read (audio)

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

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

read

noun
How to pronounce Read (audio)

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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