un·​read | \ ˌən-ˈred How to pronounce unread (audio) \

Definition of unread

1 : not read : left unexamined
2 : lacking the experience or the benefits of reading unread in political science

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Examples of unread in a Sentence

On her desk was a pile of magazines that had been left unread for months. an officer who seemed to be completely unread in military theory

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Number of unread emails: 14—I don’t like full mailboxes. WSJ, "Chelsea Handler on Her Favorite Podcast," 2 Apr. 2019 But that unread letter from Kim also symbolizes the unanswered questions about the June 12 summit in Singapore: Is North Korea serious about giving up its nuclear arsenal? Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Analysis: With an unopened letter from Pyongyang, Trump-Kim summit is on again," 1 June 2018 Candace and Mike Hernandez, divided on unread email policy. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Those Red Alert Bubbles on Your Phone Are Driving Your Loved One Crazy," 25 May 2018 An influx of pressing work emails. 97 unread texts from your friend group chat. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why an Old-School Alarm Clock—Not a Smartphone—Is the Secret to a Better Night’s Sleep," 10 Nov. 2018 My Gmail inbox currently has 21,087 unread messages. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "The Madewell Jeans I Own Three Pairs of Are On Sale Right Now," 24 Aug. 2018 Neither is the case—all those open tabs, unread messages, and pending updates are a drain on resources, both computational and personal. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today?," 1 July 2018 One reporter shared a string of unread emails from Cloud, all pushing various Student Loan Report studies. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Undoing of an Online Student-Loan 'Expert'," 26 Apr. 2018 But there are two different ways of considering the tsundoku-afflicted: One on side is the tendency to see the pileup of unread material as a burden. John Warner, chicagotribune.com, "Got a bad case of tsundoku? Don't let it get you down.," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unread

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unread

: not read

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