reading

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noun read·ing \ ˈrē-diŋ \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of reading

1 :the act of reading
2 a :material read or for reading
b :extent of material read
3 a :a particular version
b :data indicated by an instrument
4 a :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

  1. The family attended the reading of her will.

  2. The speech ended with a reading from his latest novel.

  3. After several readings, I finally understood the meaning of the poem.

  4. He needs help in reading.

  5. The teacher gave us a list of books for further reading on the subject.

  6. He has done a lot of reading on this subject.

  7. The reading for today is about human cloning.

  8. Moby-Dick is required reading for any scholar of 19th-century American literature.

  9. The pastor selected a reading for tonight's service.

Recent Examples of reading from the Web

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First Known Use of reading

before 12th century

reading Synonyms


Reading

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geographical name Read·ing \ ˈre-diŋ \

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

reading

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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

reading

noun read·ing \ ˈrē-diŋ \

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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