read·​out | \ ˈrēd-ˌau̇t How to pronounce readout (audio) \
plural readouts

Definition of readout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the process of removing information from an automatic device (such as an electronic computer) and displaying it in an understandable form
b : the information removed from such a device and displayed or recorded (as by magnetic tape or printing device)
c : an electronic device that presents information in visual form
2 : the radio transmission of data or pictures from a space vehicle

read out

read out; reading out; reads out

Definition of read out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to read aloud
b : to produce a readout of
2 : to expel from an organization or group

Examples of readout in a Sentence

Noun The calculator has a digital readout. He checked the readout on the screen.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The major obstacle, to my mind, is creating error-correcting software that can keep data from being corrupted as the calculation proceeds toward the final readout. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Computing Without Qubits," 22 Jan. 2015 When clinical trial readouts emerged, the results were so similar that Vertex has a hard time choosing a winner. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "‘A game-changer’: How Vertex delivered on cystic fibrosis," 23 Oct. 2019 The readout showed that the president asked Zelensky to investigate unsubstantiated allegations regarding the Biden family’s dealings with Ukraine. Fox News, "Elizabeth Warren says she wouldn't allow the child of her VP to sit on foreign company's board," 26 Sep. 2019 As House Democrats neared a 218-vote majority supporting an impeachment inquiry, the call readout was not viewed as impeachable conduct by all members. Luke Johnson, Fortune, "‘It’s Treason.’ House Democrats Seize On ‘Transcript’ of Trump’s Ukraine Call," 25 Sep. 2019 The readout was released hours after Russia had given notice of the call. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump and Putin spoke about wildfires and trade, White House says," 2 Aug. 2019 Instead of patients having to give blood and get results later from a lab, patients can take single-use tests with readouts while patients wait. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carlsbad startup seeks to put blood tests on microchips," 5 Sep. 2019 The numbers on the fuel economy readout do, though. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Every car should be a little like the 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid," 11 Sep. 2019 Essential driver information is displayed on the curved instrument cluster, directly in front of the driver’s eyes; the digital readouts take the form of the 911’s round, analog gauges. Russ Mitchellstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Meet Taycan, Porsche’s first all-electric sports car and Tesla’s latest challenger," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of readout


1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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5 Dec 2019

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“Readout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of readout

computers : a small screen that shows information also : the information shown on such a screen


read·​out | \ ˈrēd-au̇t How to pronounce readout (audio) \

Kids Definition of readout

1 : information from an automatic device (as a computer) that is recorded (as on a disk) or presented in a form that can be seen
2 : an electronic device that presents information in a form that can be seen a calculator's readout

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