What does READ mean?

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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?"


  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

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  19. Read

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

  20. Read(adj)

    instructed or knowing by reading; versed in books; learned

  21. Origin: [OE. reden, rden, AS. rdan to read, advise, counsel, fr. rd advice, counsel, rdan (imperf. reord) to advise, counsel, guess; akin to D. raden to advise, G. raten, rathen, Icel. ra, Goth. rdan (in comp.), and perh. also to Skr. rdh to succeed. 116. Cf. Riddle.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Read

    rēd, v.t. to utter aloud written or printed words: to peruse: to comprehend: to study, as to read law, science: to teach: to make out, from signs: to solve, as to read a dream: to interpret: to understand, as reading the stars: to note the indication of, as to read a barometer: impute by inference, as to read a meaning into a book.—v.i. to perform the act of reading: to practise much reading: to appear on reading: to advise: to speak: to acquire information: to utter the words of a book: (mus.) to render music at first sight: to put a certain expression upon it: to be suitable for perusal:—pa.t. and pa.p. read (red).—n. Read, a reading, perusal: (Spens.) counsel, a saying, an interpretation.—adj Read (red), versed in books: learned.—ns. Readabil′ity, Read′ableness.—adj Readable (rēd′a-bl), that may be read: worth reading: interesting: enabling to read.—adv. Read′ably.—ns. Read′er, one who reads: one whose office it is to read prayers in a church, or lectures in a university, &c.: one who reads or corrects proofs: one who reads much: a reading-book; Read′ership, the office of a reader.—adj. Read′ing, addicted to reading.—n. act of reading: perusal: study of books: public or formal recital: the way in which a passage reads: an interpretation of a passage or work: a version: noting an instrument, as the reading of a barometer.—ns. Read′ing-book, a book of exercises in reading; Read′ing-boy (print.), a reader's assistant; Read′ing-desk, a desk for holding a book or paper while it is read: a church-lectern; Read′ing-lamp, a form of lamp for use in reading; Read′ing-room, a room with papers, periodicals, &c., resorted to for reading.—Read between the lines, to detect a meaning not expressed; Read one's self in, in the Church of England, to read the Thirty-nine Articles and repeat the declaration of assent prescribed by law to a new incumbent.—Penny reading, an entertainment consisting of readings, &c., to which the admission is a penny. [A.S. rǽdan, to discern, read—rǽd, counsel; Ger. rathen, to advise.]

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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

Anagrams for READ »

  1. DARE, dare, dear, 'eard, rade


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of READ in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of READ in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Minh Quang Pham:

    I have read it before.

  2. Fox News:

    Read It Before You Eat It.

  3. Devin Nunes:

    What I've read bothers me.

  4. George H. W. Bush:

    Read my lips: no new taxes

  5. Jennifer Lawrence:

    I would definitely read it.

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