read·​out | \ ˈrēd-ˌau̇t How to pronounce readout (audio) \
variants: or less commonly read-out
plural readouts also read-outs

Definition of readout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the process of removing information from an automatic device (such as a computer or sensor) and displaying it in an understandable form
b : 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
c : 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
2 : 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
3 : 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 During the call with Biden, Putin said Russia wants legally binding guarantees that NATO will not expand eastward to include Ukraine or deploy offensive weapons systems in countries bordering Russia, according to a Kremlin readout of the call. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 The White House readout emphasized Biden’s warning of tough economic and other measures against Moscow in the event of any Russian military escalation against Ukraine. Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2021 Biden spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, but the Olympics were not discussed, according to a White House readout of the call. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, 18 Nov. 2021 Sunday afternoon’s readout did not mention the Ontario discovery. NBC News, 28 Nov. 2021 The Russian leader told Merkel that the EU should discuss the issue with Lukashenko, according to a Kremlin readout. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 11 Nov. 2021 On the readout, a flatline means the sample is negative. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Nov. 2021 This can partly be attributed to a strong data readout from its peer - Adverum - for ADVM-022, a one-time, intravitreal injection for the treatment of patients with wet AMD and diabetic macular edema. Trefis Team, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Monetary policy makers will offer their latest readout on the economy on Wednesday, with many analysts expecting Fed Chair Jerome Powell to hint at the path for rates. Alain Sherter, CBS News, 2 Nov. 2021

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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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English Language Learners Definition of readout

: 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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