reader

noun
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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Per years past, there are many attractions spattered throughout Pioneer Works’s labyrinthine three floors; a magician, a tarot card reader, a Bosco photobooth, a VR experience. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Inside Pioneer Works's 6th Annual Village Fete," 5 May 2019 According to Brujo, tarot reader, and owner of Olde Ways Apothecary, Michael Cardenas, necromancy— or communicating with the dead— is a natural part of every living being. Lisa Stardust, Teen Vogue, "How to Do Magic and Other Questions You Might Have About Being a Witch," 30 Apr. 2019 Like the High Priestess of the tarot, Staci Ivori is many things: an intuitive guide, tarot reader, Reiki practitioner, herbalist, and educator. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "8 Modern Witches Share Their Daily Beauty Rituals," 11 Apr. 2019 Keeping that first point in mind, dear reader, tell me why absolutely any literate human under the sun would ever store books like so: What is this madness? Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Please Stop Ruining Your Bookshelves with These Dumb Design Ideas," 12 Mar. 2019 Though silly and fun, KSP also works as a reasonably solid and wonderfully interactive demonstration of the vagaries of orbital mechanics—and that, dear readers, gave us an idea. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Video: Astronaut Scott Kelly teaches orbital mechanics with Kerbal Space Program," 28 Dec. 2018 And potentially most notable to Curbed readers, Ikea is continuing its experiments in city-center stores. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Ikea’s first city-center store in the U.S. to open in Manhattan," 3 Dec. 2018 Ports include a headphone jack, three USB-A 3.1 ports, one USB-C port, a microSD card reader, and one HDMI port. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "LG’s 17-inch Gram laptop shows up early on Best Buy’s website," 3 Dec. 2018 Tim illustrates the book's themes with stories from his personal life that will delight all readers, including his an update on his dream pursuit of a baseball career. Fox News, "'This Is the Day' by Tim Tebow," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of reader

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

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reader

noun

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

reader

noun
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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