reading

noun
read·​ing | \ ˈrē-diŋ \

Definition of reading

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the act of reading
2a : material read or for reading
b : extent of material read
3a : a particular version
b : 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

Reading

biographical name
Read·​ing | \ ˈre-diŋ \

Definition of Reading (Entry 2 of 3)

1st Marquis of 1860-1935 Rufus Daniel Isaacs British statesman; viceroy of India (1921-26)

Reading

geographical name
Read·​ing | \ ˈre-diŋ \

Definition of Reading (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Examples of reading in a Sentence

Noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

All investors should strive to match Mr. Munger’s focus, intensity and insatiable appetite for reading. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "When Charlie Munger Calls, Listen and Learn," 25 Jan. 2019 That’s half the previous quarter’s rate and below market expectations for another reading of 0.4 percent. Pan Pylas, The Seattle Times, "Eurozone economy slows to its weakest level in 4 years," 30 Oct. 2018 For high school summer reading, each school has its own requirements. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 10 July 2018 Carol had a love for books and a passion for reading. courant.com, "Carol Lepore," 3 July 2018 Some of the programs, including those for summer reading, are safe for now. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "Burbank libraries facing tough decisions during the summer," 27 June 2018 Katie Crabb is a Girl Scout and West University teen who grew up with a love for reading. Houston Chronicle, "Storybooks come to life through special bond between Girl Scout and HCDE occupational therapist assistant," 24 June 2018 Children in grades 3 through 10 were tested for reading, while grades 3 through 8 were tested for math. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Database: 2018 reading and math scores for Central Florida schools," 15 June 2018 The record is dismal; this comprehensive rundown from Joshua Pollack makes for grim reading. Elizabeth N. Saunders, Washington Post, "Trump and Kim will finally meet, but don’t expect much to change. Here’s why.," 11 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'reading.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of reading

Noun

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

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The first known use of reading was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for reading

reading

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reading

: 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

noun
read·​ing | \ ˈrē-diŋ\

Kids Definition of reading

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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