read·​er | \ ˈrē-dər How to pronounce reader (audio) \

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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Her four sections: clothes, books, papers and komono (miscellaneous), have simplified organization for more than 5 million readers. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Thrift Stores And Flea Markets Are Seeing An Influx Due To Marie Kondo," 15 Jan. 2019 All would make great gifts for future Curbed readers. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 Sunday Times royal commentator Roya Nikkhah reported the news on Twitter and shared pictures of the event's program, which lists Meghan as a reader. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Why Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Skipped the Queen's Diplomatic Reception," 4 Dec. 2018 Happy Friday Term Sheet readers, While all eyes are on electric scooters, bus startups are quietly making moves. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Friday, July 6," 6 July 2018 For the sake of parent readers and their kids, All the Moms is not showing the graphic images in this story. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "Online kids game 'Roblox' shows female character being 'violently gang raped,' mom warns," 5 July 2018 Having agreed that the box contains a mystery, Monkey and Cake at last stroll off in search of sustenance—at which point, in a humorous coda, readers discover what seems to be the impossible truth. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: The Travails and Triumphs of Derring-Do," 22 Feb. 2019 Other readers are out and facing obstacles in self-expression. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "LGBTQ Teens Share Their Experiences Attending Prom," 11 Feb. 2019 For Vogue Runway readers who obsess over the craftsmanship, the fantasy, and the unapologetic beauty of couture, our backstage photos offer a rare insider perspective. Corey Tenold, Vogue, "Our Best Backstage Photos from the Spring ’19 Couture Shows in Paris," 21 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce reader (audio) \

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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