Definition of reading
1 : the act of reading
2a : material read or for readingb : extent of material read
3a : a particular versionb : data indicated by an instrument
4a : a particular interpretation of something (such as a law)b : a particular performance of something (such as a musical work)
5 : an indication of a certain state of affairs a study to get some reading of shoppers' preferences
Examples of reading in a Sentence
The family attended the reading of her will.
The speech ended with a reading from his latest novel.
After several readings, I finally understood the meaning of the poem.
He needs help in reading.
The teacher gave us a list of books for further reading on the subject.
He has done a lot of reading on this subject.
The reading for today is about human cloning.
Moby-Dick is required reading for any scholar of 19th-century American literature.
The pastor selected a reading for tonight's service.
Recent Examples of reading from the Web
Kids will love reading and using their imaginations to come up with their own ideas on what something can be.
Rashi, however, sticks to the literal reading and insists that Bilaam did this labor intensive act on his own.
The author's comments come after copies of a reading list for Spanish Fort High School's advanced placement government and economics class began circulating on social media earlier this week.
Children’s Summer Reading: every school-age child, kindergarten through fifth grade will receive an official Super Reader backpack and passes to local attractions.
But House Bill 62, signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 6, will ban texting, reading and writing from a handheld phone while the user is driving.
According to the museum’s website, the exhibits are specially designed to foster reading skills.
The program is part of the Reading by Design: Read Big!
Julia Ioffe of The Atlantic is essential reading on all things Putin and Russia, not least because she was born there and still speaks the language.
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First Known Use of reading
before 12th century
Definition of Reading
1 town in eastern Massachusetts north of Boston population 24,747
2 city on the Schuylkill River in southeastern Pennsylvania population 88,082
3 town on the Thames River in southern England that is the capital of Berkshire population 219,000
READING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reading for English Language Learners
: the act of reading something
: the activity of reading a book, magazine, etc.
: a book, article, etc., that is being read or that is intended to be read
READING Defined for Kids
Definition of reading for Students
1 : the act of reading a poetry reading
2 : something read or available to be read
3 : the number or fact shown on an instrument Take a reading from the thermometer.
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