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

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 Many companies leave the human resources (HR) handbook to gather dust, largely unused and unread by management and employees. Michael Lane, Forbes, 19 May 2022 But if your ballot is still sitting on your desk, or the nightstand, or underneath a stack of unread New Yorkers, don’t despair. Sonja Sharpstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 Reed Omary, a radiologist in Nashville, Tenn., logged into one of his work inboxes one day last winter, selected thousands of unread emails and, with the click of a mouse, removed them from his life. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, 23 May 2022 Carey's followers were quick to point out the icon's full battery, low number of unread messages, and the fact that both stars had the other in their contacts. Rachel Schonberger, EW.com, 18 Mar. 2022 When the user looks at N1, the device will recognize and engage, also spontaneously offering suggestions and services based on personal profiles and individual prompts, such as notifying a specific user of how many unread emails are in their inbox. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 When the name of a channel is in bold font, that means there are unread messages in the chat . Boone Ashworth, Wired, 19 Dec. 2021 Also, her notifications — 436 unread messages are the exact opposite of mogul behavior. Olivia Crandall, Vulture, 22 Nov. 2021 That film led Dornan to find some unread texts from his father, commenting on his work in the hit comedy. Clayton Davis, Variety, 5 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 2 Jul. 2022.

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