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read·​out ˈrēd-ˌau̇t How to pronounce readout (audio)
variants or less commonly read-out
plural readouts also read-outs
: the process of removing information from an automatic device (such as a computer or sensor) and displaying it in an understandable form
: the information removed from such a device and displayed or recorded (as by printing device or electronic screen)
… systems are capable of giving a constant readout of speed and distance traveled to a high degree of accuracy.Dutton's Navigation & Piloting
: an electronic device that presents information in visual form
The second-best thing is the monitor: It produced extremely crisp, sharp images, and an LED readout on the front provides pertinent information such as the current resolution and refresh rate.Preston Gralla
: a document that summarizes the content of a meeting, telephone call, etc. involving government officials
Many foreign leaders also issue their own readouts, providing their version of the calls, which can sometimes differ in tone and emphasis from the White House summary.Vivian Salama
: the radio transmission of data or pictures from a space vehicle

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read out; reading out; reads out

transitive verb

: to read aloud
: to produce a readout of
: 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
The office of Israel’s then-prime minister, Naftali Bennett, said Putin apologized for Lavrov’s remarks during a phone call a few days later, but the Kremlin readout of the call made no mention of an apology. Francesca Ebel, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2023 About a decade ago, the company began rigging the dashboard readouts of its EVs to provide more positive projections of how far owners need to drive before needing to recharge. Nancy Vu, Washington Examiner, 27 July 2023 An electrode readout made the order of events clear: first the pup moved, then the brain responded. Amanda Gefter, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2023 Putin will not attend a Group of 20 summit in New Delhi next month, Russia’s Interfax news agency said, citing a readout from a call with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mikhail Klimentov, Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2023 Use any recording app to capture a lecture, then upload the file to Word for a reasonably accurate readout. Globe Staff,, 17 Aug. 2023 The gauge cluster features a large analog speedometer next to a 7.0-inch digital readout that can be reconfigured to show a variety of displays. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 11 Aug. 2023 Tomorrow's consumer-price index will give investors a fresh readout on inflation. WSJ, 9 Aug. 2023 Launched in 1990, the Human Genome Project unveiled its first readout of the human DNA sequence with great fanfare in 2000. WIRED, 8 Aug. 2023
The not-guilty verdicts were read out in a northern Michigancourtroom following a two-week trial involving Eric Molitor and twin brothers William Null and Michael Null, all of whom faced charges of providing material support for a terrorist act and illegally possessing firearms. Tim Craig, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 His father read out verses from the corner of the stage, rather than his usual spot in the center. Mithil Aggarwal, NBC News, 6 Sep. 2023 New Jersey, the last Northern state to end slavery, did so in 1866, six months after Juneteenth, recognized as the day the Emancipation Proclamation was read out by Union soldiers in Texas. Robert Sullivan, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2023 The junior quarterback made the correct reads out of the pistol offense. Chris Vogt, The Enquirer, 26 Aug. 2023 Mims emailed at least some council members a statement issued by the Reseda Neighborhood Council, which was read out loud by York earlier this year, arguing against the weakening of lobbying rules for union officials who seek to influence city decisions. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2023 Supreme Court affirmative action decision could impact racial equity in higher ed Issues of today Sharpton read out a laundry list of calls to action to be made by demonstrators on Saturday, including hate crimes, voter suppression, reproductive rights, criminal justice and more. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 25 Aug. 2023 But also like both of those books, Harvey’s words make more sense when read out loud or heard from her mouth on the album. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 6 July 2023 On Thursday, local news media reported that Ms. Leifer, who watched the sentencing virtually from a Melbourne women’s prison, shed a tear as the sentence was read out. Yan Zhuang, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of readout was in 1600

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“Readout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


read·​out ˈrēd-ˌau̇t How to pronounce readout (audio)
: an electronic device that displays information (as data from a calculator)
also : the information displayed
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