read·er | \ˈrē-dər \

Definition of reader 

1a : one that reads

b : one appointed to read to others: such as

(1) : lector

(2) : one chosen to read aloud selected material in a Christian Science church or society

c(1) : proofreader

(2) : one who evaluates manuscripts

(3) : one who reads periodical literature to discover items of special interest or value

d : an employee who reads and records the indications of meters

e : a teacher's assistant who reads and marks student papers

2 British : one who reads lectures or expounds subjects to students

3a : a device for projecting a readable image of a transparency

b : an electronic device that scans coded information (as on punch cards or bar codes) for storage or computation

4a : a book for instruction and practice especially in reading

b : anthology

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Examples of reader in a Sentence

The book's ending leaves readers to draw their own conclusions. a magazine with three million readers

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First Known Use of reader

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

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English Language Learners Definition of reader

: a person who reads a book, magazine, newspaper, etc.

: a machine that is used for reading text or information that is stored on film, tape, etc.

: a book that is used to learn how to read or to practice reading in your own language or in a foreign language


read·er | \ˈrē-dər \

Kids Definition of reader

1 : a person who reads or has the ability to read

2 : a book for learning or practicing reading

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