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 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 The plan was met with a skeptical reception by Trump, and the White House paid only a cursory mention of the Gulf in its official readout of the lunch meeting. Darlene Superville, Twin Cities, "Economic storm clouds hovering over Trump and global leaders," 24 Aug. 2019 President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone Wednesday, the White House confirmed in a two-sentence readout later that night. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump and Putin spoke about wildfires and trade, White House says," 2 Aug. 2019 Zelenskiy’s office said in its readout of the call that the Ukrainian leader urged Russia to release the Ukrainian navy sailors, whom Russia seized along with their crews in an incident in November in the Black Sea. Washington Post, "Putin and Ukraine’s new leader discuss east Ukraine conflict," 12 July 2019 Like nearly all teams around the league, the Bruins are already tracking their own data — sometimes with the help of outside vendors — then distilling and distributing relevant readouts to Cassidy and his staff. Matt Porter,, "From the ECHL to Eastern Conference champs, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy has come a long way," 24 Aug. 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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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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