rede

verb
\ ˈrēd How to pronounce rede (audio) \
reded; reding; redes

Definition of rede

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : to give counsel to : advise
2 archaic : interpret, explain

rede

noun

Definition of rede (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : counsel, advice
2 archaic : account, story

First Known Use of rede

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for rede

Verb

Middle English reden "to counsel, order, decide, guide, govern, realize, grasp the meaning of, interpret, explain, look at and understand (written symbols), say aloud (something written)" — more at read entry 1

Noun

Middle English red, rede "advice, counsel, urging, command, decision, judgment, assent, fortune, occurrence, remedy, consultation, prudence," going back to Old English rǣd, rēd "advice, counsel, resolution, wisdom, sense, benefit," going back to Germanic *rēda- (whence also Old Frisian rēd, rād "counsel, plan, decision, permission," Old Saxon rād "teaching, counsel, support, advantage, gain," Old High German rāt "counsel, advice, plan, consideration, decision," Old Icelandic ráð "advice, plan, foresight, agreement"), noun derivative from the base of *rēdan- "to advise, determine" — more at read entry 1

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“Rede.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rede. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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