What does read mean?
Definitions for read
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word read.
something that is read
"the article was a very good read"
interpret something that is written or printed
"read the advertisement"; "Have you read Salman Rushdie?"
have or contain a certain wording or form
"The passage reads as follows"; "What does the law say?"
look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed
"The King will read the proclamation at noon"
obtain data from magnetic tapes
"This dictionary can be read by the computer"
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"
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!"
learn, study, read, takeverb
be a student of a certain subject
"She is reading for the bar exam"
read, register, show, recordverb
indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
"The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; "The gauge read `empty'"
audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role
"He is auditioning for `Julius Caesar' at Stratford this year"
to hear and understand
"I read you loud and clear!"
understand, read, interpret, translateverb
make sense of a language
"She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?"
A reading or an act of reading, especially an actor's part of a play.
To think, believe; to consider (that).
To interpret or infer a meaning, significance, etc.
I can read his feelings in his face.
To substitute (a corrected piece of text in place of an erroneous one); .
to recognise (someone) as being transgender
Every time I go outside, I worry that someone will read me.
transferred from the surname.
To look at and interpret letters or other information that is written.
have you read this book?; he doesn’t like to read
To speak aloud words or other information that is written. Often construed with a to phrase or an indirect object.
He read us a passage from his new book.
To interpret, or infer a meaning, significance, thought, intention, etc. from.
She read my mind and promptly rose to get me a glass of water.
To consist of certain text.
On the door hung a sign that reads "No admittance".
Of text, etc., to be interpreted or read in a particular way.
Arabic reads right to left.
To substitute; used to introduce an emendation of a text.
In Livy, it is nearly certain that for Pylleon we should read Pteleon, as this place is mentioned in connection with Antron.
Used after a euphemism to introduce the intended, more blunt meaning of a term.
Eliminate illogical answer choices.
To be able to hear what another person is saying over a radio connection.
Do you read me?
To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.
I am reading theology at university.
To fetch data from.
to read a hard disk; to read a port; to read the keyboard
To think, believe; to consider.
But now, faire Ladie, comfort to you make, / And read / That short reuenge the man may ouertake
To advise; to counsel. See rede.
Therefore, I read thee, get to God's word, and thereby try all doctrine.
To tell; to declare; to recite.
But read how art thou named, and of what kin.
To recognise as being transgender.
Every time I go outside, I worry that someone will read me.
To call attention to the flaws of in either a playful, a taunting, or an insulting way.
Snapping, we are told, comes from reading, or exposing hidden flaws in a person's life, and out of reading comes shade
A surname, a less common spelling variant of Reid.
A male given name transferred from the surname.
Etymology: From Middle English reden, from Old English rǣdan ("to counsel, advise, consult; interpret, read"), from Proto-Germanic *rēdaną ("advise, counsel"), from Proto-Indo-European *Hreh₁dʰ- ("to arrange"). Cognate with Scots rede, red ("to advise, counsel, decipher, read"), Saterland Frisian räide ("to advise, counsel"), West Frisian riede ("to advise, counsel"), Dutch raden ("to advise; guess, counsel, rede"), German raten ("to advise; guess"), Danish råde ("to advise"), Swedish råda ("to advise, counsel"). The development from ‘advise, interpret’ to ‘interpret letters, read’ is unique to English among Germanic languages. Compare rede.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: ræd , Saxon; raed, Dutch.
The man is blest that hath not lent
To wicked read his ear. Thomas Sternhold.
This reade is rife that oftentime
Great cumbers fall unsoft,
In humble dales is footing fast,
The trade is not so tickle. Edmund Spenser.
Skilful by reading.
Etymology: from read;
Virgil’s shepherds are too well read in the philosophy of Epicurus. Dryden.
We have a poet among us, of a genius as exalted as his stature, and who is very well read in Longinus his treatise concerning the sublime. Joseph Addison, Guardian, № 108.
pret. read, part. pass. read.
Etymology: ræd , Saxon.
I have seen her take forth paper, write upon’t, read it, and afterwards seal it. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
The passage you must have read, though since slipt out of your memory. Alexander Pope.
If we have not leisure to read over the book itself regularly, then by the titles of chapters we may be directed to peruse several scctions. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.
An armed corse did lye,
In whose dead face he read great magnanimity. Edmund Spenser.
Those about her
From her shall read the perfect ways of honour. William Shakespeare.
O most delicate fiend!
Who is’t can read a woman? William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.
It shall be with him, and he shall read therein, that he may learn to fear the Lord. Deut. xvii. 19.
’Tis sure that Fleury reads. Taylor.
I have read of an eastern king, who put a judge to death for an iniquitous sentence. Jonathan Swift.
rennet. See 3d Reed
to advise; to counsel
to interpret; to explain; as, to read a riddle
to tell; to declare; to recite
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
hence, to know fully; to comprehend
to discover or understand by characters, marks, features, etc.; to learn by observation
to make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks; as, to read theology or law
to give advice or counsel
to tell; to declare
to perform the act of reading; to peruse, or to go over and utter aloud, the words of a book or other like document
to study by reading; as, he read for the bar
to learn by reading
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
to produce a certain effect when read; as, that sentence reads queerly
saying; sentence; maxim; hence, word; advice; counsel. See Rede
imp. & p. p. of Read, v. t. & i
instructed or knowing by reading; versed in books; learned
Etymology: [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
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.]
Seeing, understanding and knowing spelling, words and language.
To read is a joy to learn or understand certain things in life.
Submitted by MaryC on January 31, 2020
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Read is ranked #2127 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Read surname appeared 17,048 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 6 would have the surname Read.
91% or 15,527 total occurrences were White.
3.8% or 655 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2.7% or 467 total occurrences were Black.
1.3% or 227 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.5% or 101 total occurrences were Asian.
0.4% or 73 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'read' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #430
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'read' in Written Corpus Frequency: #363
Rank popularity for the word 'read' in Verbs Frequency: #74
Anagrams for read »
The numerical value of read in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of read in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of read in a Sentence
I have always cooperated fully with German authorities, when asked, over the prosecution of suspected war criminals, and will continue to do so, i passionately believe in bringing such people to justice whenever possible. Indeed, if you read the conclusion of my book on Auschwitz, you will see how strongly I criticize the lack of prosecution of members of the SS at Auschwitz after the war and call it 'a collective failure of the international community.’.
Metro Weekly comes back to this forgiveness thing, if you read between the lines, Roe Messner's not saying to me,' Metro Weekly's OK that you're gay ; Roe Messner's saying,' I forgive you for being gay and when you go off and die, Metro Weekly's going to be between you and your maker.'.
If you'd taken a photograph of these parts of Antarctic Peninsula 50 years ago it would have been a monochrome shot of ice, nothing but glaciers. Read More.
I think we can cover it without taking a side per se in an overt way. I think the audience and the readers are sophisticated enough when they read what’s going on to draw their own conclusions about whether it’s good or bad for our democracy.
My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it. I never did like to work, and I don't deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh - anything but work.
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Translations for read
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- чыта́ць, прачыта́цьBelarusian
- чета́, прочета́, чу́вам, прочитамBulgarian
- sentir, llegir, llegir-se, estudiarCatalan, Valencian
- číst, být gramotný, předčítatCzech
- studieren, [[gelesen]] [[werden]], vorlesen, [[lesen]] [[können]], lesen, hören, verstehenGerman
- διαβάζω, ανάγνωσηGreek
- leer, entenderse, leerse, decir, interpertase, poner, estudiar, lecturaSpanish
- lugema, kuulma, omandama, vaataEstonian
- atzeman, irakurri, leitu, erakurriBasque
- lukea, kuullaFinnish
- recevoir, lire, étudier, se lire, lectureFrench
- lêzeWestern Frisian
- leughScottish Gaelic
- elolvas, felolvas, olvasHungarian
- ընթերցել, կարդալArmenian
- mengerti, berbunyi, pelajari, dibaca, bacaIndonesian
- lesa, lesningIcelandic
- leggere, leggersi, leggere ad alta voce, ricevereItalian
- 読む, 読み上げるJapanese
- atuarpoqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- អាន, មើលKhmer
- xwendin, خوێندن, bihîstin, xwandin, bîstin, vekolînKurdish
- lego, studere, legor, recitoLatin
- liesenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- kōrero, pānui, rītiMāori
- പഠിക്കുക, വായിക്കുക, വായനMalayalam
- lezen, ontvangen, horen, gelezen worden, voorlezenDutch
- lese, studere, høre, oppfatte, forståNorwegian
- ííníshtaʼNavajo, Navaho
- ਵਾਚਣਾPanjabi, Punjabi
- studiować, odczytać, czytać, przeczytać, odczytywać, czytać sięPolish
- copiar, dizer, ler, estudar, ler-se, leitura, lidaPortuguese
- ñawinchay, qillqaqhaway, ñawilliy, ñawiyQuechua
- a putea citi, lectura, a lectura, a fi citit, citi, a fi lecturat, lecturare, intonare, citireRomanian
- прочита́ть, чита́ть, изуча́тьRussian
- पठ्, पठतिSanskrit
- lèzere, lègere, lízere, ligi, lígiri, lígere, lèghereSardinian
- čitati, читатиSerbo-Croatian
- කියවනවාSinhala, Sinhalese
- brati, čìtatiSlovene
- lexon, lexojAlbanian
- balaSouthern Sotho
- höra, läsa, studera, uppfatta, förstå, läsningSwedish
- వల్లెవేయు, చదువుTelugu
- อ่านออกเสียง, อ่านThai
- bumasa, basahinTagalog
- чита́ти, прочита́тиUkrainian
- đọc, nghiên cứu, ghi, đề, học, viết, chỉVietnamese
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