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Definitions of read

  1. make sense of a language; "She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. be a student of a certain subject; "She is reading for the bar exam" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. have or contain a certain wording or form; "The passage reads as follows"; "What does the law say?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. something that is read; "the article was a very good read" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. having been read; often used in combination; "a widely read newspaper" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. to hear and understand; "I read you loud and clear!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. interpret something that is written or printed; "read the advertisement"; "Have you read Salman Rushdie?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed; "The King will read the proclamation at noon" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky, etc.; also of human behavior; "She read the sky and predicted rain"; "I can't read his strange behavior" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments; "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; "The gauge read `empty'" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. obtain data from magnetic tapes; "This dictionary can be read by the computer" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky, etc.; also of human behavior; "She read the sky and predicted rain"; "I can't read his strange behavior"; "The gypsy read his fate in the crystal ball" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role; "He is auditioning for `Julius Cesar' at Stratford this year" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. To advise; to counsel. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Rennet. See 3d Reed. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. of Read Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To interpret; to explain; as, to read a riddle. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To tell; to declare; to recite. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Hence, to know fully; to comprehend. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To discover or understand by characters, marks, features, etc.; to learn by observation. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks; as, to read theology or law. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To give advice or counsel. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To tell; to declare. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To perform the act of reading; to peruse, or to go over and utter aloud, the words of a book or other like document. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. To study by reading; as, he read for the bar. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. To learn by reading. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. To produce a certain effect when read; as, that sentence reads queerly. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. Saying; sentence; maxim; hence, word; advice; counsel. See Rede. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. Reading. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  33. imp. & p. p. of Read, v. t. & i. Newage Dictionary DB
  34. Instructed or knowing by reading; versed in books; learned. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. imp. & p. p. of Read, v. t. & i. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. To observe and understand the meaning of (something written, printed, or inscribed); peruse; as, to read a book; understand by observation; as, to read the stars; explain or make clear; as, it is easy to read his meaning; make a study of; as, to read law; learn, as from books, etc.; as, we read that the war has ended. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  37. Read. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  38. To peruse written or printed matter; learn from written or printed matter; with of or about; utter aloud the words of a book, etc.; as, he reads well; make a careful study; as, to read up on history; to have a special form; as, the passage reads thus. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  39. Informed about, or acquainted with, by means of books. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  40. To utter aloud written or printed words: to peruse: to comprehend: to study. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  41. To perform the act of reading: to practice much reading: to appear in reading:-pa.t. and pa.p. read (red). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  42. Versed in books: learned. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  43. A public way for travelling; place where ships ride at anchor. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  44. Of to read. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  45. To utter or peruse written or printed words; to comprehend. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  46. To understand, as written or printed characters, or any marks or signs; peruse; interpret; explain; also, to utter audibly what is so learned. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  47. To gain information, as from anything written or printed; utter aloud the contents, as of a book or manuscript. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  48. Informed as by reading; acquainted with books or literature. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  49. To utter aloud what is written or printed; to peruse; to discover and understand by signs; to study; to learn by observation. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  50. To perform the act of reading; to be studious; to learn by reading; to stand written. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  51. To pronounce or give utterance to that which the written symbols placed before the eyes are meant to convey; to peruse, as a book, either silently or aloud; to discover by characters or marks; to study, as a student; to perform the act of reading; to be studious; to know by reading or observation. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  52. The abomasum or fourth stomach of ruminants. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  53. the abomasum or fourth stomach of ruminants (zool.). na
  54. r[=e]d, 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 (r[=e]d'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. r['æ]dan, to discern, read--r['æ]d, counsel; Ger. rathen, to advise.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  55. (read, pr. red), & n. Interpret mentally, declare interpretation or coming development of, divine, (r. dream, riddle, omen, futurity, men\'s hearts or thoughts or faces; r. person\'s hand, as palmist; r. the sky, as astrologist or meteorologist); (be able to) convert into the intended words or meaning (written or printed or other symbols or things expressed by their means, or abs.; reads or can r. hieroglyphs, shorthand, the clock, the Morse system, music, several languages; does not r. or write); reproduce mentally or (often aloud, out, off, &c., or with ind. obj.) vocally, while following their symbols with eyes or fingers, the words of (author, book, tale, letter, &c., or abs.; often over, through, advv.; reads well, with good intonation &c., expressively; was reading Plato; r. me off the list; r. it through six times; does he preach extempore or r.?; have no time to r.; the bible is the most r. of all books; r. one a lesson, admonish him; the Bill was r. for the first &c. time, was allowed its first &c. READING; invalid is r. to for several hours daily; seldom reads French, anything written in it); study (t. & i.) by reading (often up; is reading law; shall not r. for honours; reading man, who devotes most of his time to study; has r. much), (p.p. in active sense as adj. with well, deeply, slightly, little, &c.) versed in subject by reading, acquainted with literature; find (thing) stated, find statement, in print &c. (revenge, we r., is wild justice; I have r. somewhere that. have r. of it); interpret (statement, action) in certain sense (may be read several ways; my silence is not to be r. as consent); assume as intended in or deducible from writer\'s words, find implications, (you r. too much into the text; in their pleas for reform I r. Protection; r. between the lines, search for or discover hidden meanings); (of editor) give as the word (s) probably used by author (Bentley reads peraeque; also facet. in correcting statements, as for white read black, & the account may be accepted); bring into specified state by reading (r. me to sleep, himself stupid, hoarse, &c.; r. oneself in of incumbent, enter upon office by public reading of xxxix articles &c.); (of recording instrument) present (figure &c.) to one reading it (thermometer reads 33°); sound or affect hearer or reader well, ill, &c., when r. (play reads better than it acts; reads like a threat, translation, &c.). (N.) time spent in reading (have a short, long, good, quiet, r.). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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