reader

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noun read·er \ ˈrē-dər \

Definition of reader

1 a :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
3 a :a device for projecting a readable image of a transparency
b :a unit that scans material recorded (as on punch cards) for storage or computation
4 a :a book for instruction and practice especially in reading

Examples of reader in a Sentence

  1. The book's ending leaves readers to draw their own conclusions.

  2. a magazine with three million readers

Recent Examples of reader from the Web

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First Known Use of reader

before 12th century


READER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of reader for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

reader

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noun read·er \ ˈrē-dər \

Definition of reader for Students

1 :a person who reads or has the ability to read
2 :a book for learning or practicing reading


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