Definitions for READrɛd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

readrid; ˈri dɪŋ(v.; n.)read; read•ing

  1. (v.t.)to look at so as to understand the meaning of (something written, printed, etc.).

  2. to utter aloud or render in speech (something written, printed, etc.):

    to read a story to a child.

  3. to have such knowledge of (a language) as to be able to understand things written in it.

  4. to apprehend the meaning of (signs, characters, etc.) otherwise than with the eyes:

    to read Braille.

  5. to recognize and understand the meaning of (gestures, symbols, signals, or the like):

    to read a semaphore.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. to study the speech movements of (lips) so as to understand what is being said by a speaker.

  7. to make out the significance of by scrutiny or observation:

    to read the dark sky as the threat of a storm.

  8. to foretell or predict:

    to read a person's fortune in tea leaves.

  9. to make out the character, motivations, etc., of (a person), as by the interpretation of outward signs.

  10. to interpret or attribute a meaning to (a written text, a musical composition, etc.).

  11. to infer (something not expressed) from what is read, considered, or observed:

    He read sarcasm into her letter.

  12. to adopt or give as a reading in a particular passage:

    For “one thousand” another version reads “ten thousand.”

  13. to register or indicate, as a thermometer.

  14. to learn by or as if by reading:

    to read a person's thoughts.

  15. to hear and understand (a transmitted message or the person transmitting it):

    I read you loud and clear.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Radio and Television

  16. to bring, put, etc., by reading:

    to read oneself to sleep.

  17. to discover or explain the meaning of (a riddle, dream, etc.).

  18. to obtain (data or programs) from an external storage medium and place in a computer's memory.

    Category: Computers

  19. Brit. to study (a subject), as at a university.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, British

  20. (v.i.)to read written or printed matter.

  21. to render aloud a text that one is reading.

  22. (of an actor) to audition by reading aloud from a given script or other text.

  23. to give a public reading or recital.

  24. to inspect and apprehend the meaning of written or other signs or characters.

  25. to occupy oneself with reading or study.

  26. to obtain knowledge or learn of something by reading.

  27. to admit of being read as specified:

    The essay reads well.

  28. to have a certain wording.

  29. to admit of being interpreted:

    a rule that reads two different ways.

  30. to register or indicate particular information, as the status or condition of something.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  31. read up on, to learn about by reading.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Common Vocabulary

  32. (n.)an act or instance of reading.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  33. something that is read:

    Her new novel is a good read.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Idioms for read:

  1. read between the lines,to understand from implications only.

    Category: Idiom

  2. read someone's lips,to accept the truth of someone's statements, esp. after protracted argument:

    Read my lips - I don't want the job.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of read:

bef. 900; ME reden, OE rǣdan to counsel, read


  1. having knowledge gained by reading (usu. used in combination):

    a well-read person.

Origin of read:



  1. Sir Herbert, 1893–1968, English critic and poet.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. read(verb)

    something that is read

    "the article was a very good read"

  2. read(verb)

    interpret something that is written or printed

    "read the advertisement"; "Have you read Salman Rushdie?"

  3. read, say(verb)

    have or contain a certain wording or form

    "The passage reads as follows"; "What does the law say?"

  4. read(verb)

    look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed

    "The King will read the proclamation at noon"

  5. read, scan(verb)

    obtain data from magnetic tapes

    "This dictionary can be read by the computer"

  6. read(verb)

    interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior

    "She read the sky and predicted rain"; "I can't read his strange behavior"; "The fortune teller read his fate in the crystal ball"

  7. take, read(verb)

    interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression

    "I read this address as a satire"; "How should I take this message?"; "You can't take credit for this!"

  8. learn, study, read, take(verb)

    be a student of a certain subject

    "She is reading for the bar exam"

  9. read, register, show, record(verb)

    indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

    "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; "The gauge read `empty'"

  10. read(verb)

    audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role

    "He is auditioning for `Julius Caesar' at Stratford this year"

  11. read(verb)

    to hear and understand

    "I read you loud and clear!"

  12. understand, read, interpret, translate(verb)

    make sense of a language

    "She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. read(verb)rid

    to understand written words

    children who are unable to read; I can't read Arabic.

  2. readrid

    to speak or think the words in a book, magazine, letter, etc.

    His mother reads to him every night.; I read the whole book in a day.

  3. readrid

    to obtain information from reading

    I read it in an article I found online.; We were reading about the planets at school.

  4. readrid

    to be able to understand easily

    She's very good at reading people.; The team failed to read the situation on the field.

  5. readrid

    to have sth short written on

    The sign read "No entry."

  6. readrid

    to look at and understand numbers, symbols, etc. on an instrument, map, etc.

    I'm not very good at reading maps.; How do you read this table?

  7. readrid

    (of an instrument, machine, or device) to show a particular number

    The gas gauge read full.

  8. readrid

    to understand a meaning that is not stated directly

    Reading between the lines, I could see the situation was going to get worse.


  1. read(Noun)

    A reading or an act of reading, especially an actor's part of a play.

  2. read(Verb)

    To think, believe; to consider (that).

  3. read(Verb)

    To look at and interpret letters or other information that is written.

  4. read(Verb)

    To speak aloud words or other information that is written. Often construed with a to phrase or an indirect object.

  5. read(Verb)

    To interpret or infer a meaning, significance, etc.

    I can read his feelings in his face.

  6. read(Verb)

    To consist of certain text.

    On the door hung a sign that read, "Proper Safety Equipment Required Beyond This Point."

  7. read(Verb)

    Of text, etc., to be interpreted or read in a particular way.

    Arabic reads right to left.

  8. read(Verb)

    To substitute (a corrected piece of text in place of an erroneous one); .

  9. read(Verb)


  10. read(Verb)

    To be able to hear what another person is saying over a radio connection.

    Do you read me?

  11. read(Verb)

    To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.

    I am reading theology at university.

  12. read(Verb)

    to recognise (someone) as being transgender

    Every time I go outside, I worry that someone will read me.

  13. Read(ProperNoun)

    , a less common spelling variant of Reid.

  14. Read(ProperNoun)

    transferred from the surname.

  15. Origin: raudaz, from reudh-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Read(noun)

    rennet. See 3d Reed

  2. Read

    of Read

  3. Read(verb)

    to advise; to counsel

  4. Read(verb)

    to interpret; to explain; as, to read a riddle

  5. Read(verb)

    to tell; to declare; to recite

  6. Read(verb)

    to go over, as characters or words, and utter aloud, or recite to one's self inaudibly; to take in the sense of, as of language, by interpreting the characters with which it is expressed; to peruse; as, to read a discourse; to read the letters of an alphabet; to read figures; to read the notes of music, or to read music; to read a book

  7. Read(verb)

    hence, to know fully; to comprehend

  8. Read(verb)

    to discover or understand by characters, marks, features, etc.; to learn by observation

  9. Read(verb)

    to make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks; as, to read theology or law

  10. Read(verb)

    to give advice or counsel

  11. Read(verb)

    to tell; to declare

  12. Read(verb)

    to perform the act of reading; to peruse, or to go over and utter aloud, the words of a book or other like document

  13. Read(verb)

    to study by reading; as, he read for the bar

  14. Read(verb)

    to learn by reading

  15. Read(verb)

    to appear in writing or print; to be expressed by, or consist of, certain words or characters; as, the passage reads thus in the early manuscripts

  16. Read(verb)

    to produce a certain effect when read; as, that sentence reads queerly

  17. Read(verb)

    saying; sentence; maxim; hence, word; advice; counsel. See Rede

  18. Read


  19. Read

    imp. & p. p. of Read, v. t. & i

  20. Read(adj)

    instructed or knowing by reading; versed in books; learned


  1. Read, Lancashire

    Read is a village in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, England about 1 mile west of Padiham on the A671 which was originally a turnpike road from Portfield, near Whalley, to Padiham in the 1840s.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'READ' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #430

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'READ' in Written Corpus Frequency: #363

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'READ' in Verbs Frequency: #74

Translations for READ

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to look at and understand (printed or written words or other signs)

Have you read this letter?; Can your little girl read yet?; Can anyone here read Chinese?; to read music; I can read (= understand without being told) her thoughts/mind.

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