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
Recent Examples on the Web Challenging movies can slide too easily to the bottom of the queue, neglected like unread books on the night stand or jars of exotic mustard at the back of the fridge. New York Times, "This Year Was a Disaster. We Hope the Sequel Is Better.," 30 Dec. 2020 His social media and cell phone inboxes seemed to always be full of unread messages. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football commit Zen Michalski is handling his rising prominence and fame," 22 Sep. 2020 Her work enjoyed critical acclaim during her lifetime but has gone largely unread since her death in 2005. The Economist, "The view from the hospital bed Tory Dent’s poetry was a record of long-term illness and pain," 17 Aug. 2020 The public utility has blamed the surge in unread meters on high turnover and low staffing levels exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Jeff Adelson, NOLA.com, "S&WB hires contractor to read meters at three times the rate it pays employees," 22 Aug. 2020 One of my friends recently posted a screen grab of his 67,000 unread emails. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "The five most common tech support questions in America right now — answered," 9 Aug. 2020 Some of the leaks indicate that Apple will introduce an all-apps view similar in function to the Apple Watch home screen, and that view will have sorting options or allow users to easily see which apps have unread notifications. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "What to expect from WWDC 2020: OS updates, ARM Macs, and more," 19 June 2020 Your correspondent, who pledged to spend lockdown working through a backlog of unread doorstoppers, comes out with four novels (two of them recommendations) and a wallet £51 ($64) lighter. The Economist, "Shopping is back Britain’s bookshops reopen," 20 June 2020 For example, even though red notifications are designed like tiny stop signs demanding your attention, there's always that one friend who doesn't mind having 10,000 unread emails. Lauren Kent, CNN, "Try this smartphone hack and other tricks to reduce your screen time," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of unread

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unread.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unread. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unread

: not read

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