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For the verb: "to read"
|Simple Past: ||read|
|Past Participle: ||read|
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
read1 /rid/USA pronunciation
v., read /rɛd/USA pronunciation read•ing /ˈridɪŋ/USA pronunciation n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to look at so as to understand the meaning of (something written, printed, etc.): [~ + object]reading the newspaper; could read music.[no object]When did she start reading?[~ + (that) clause]I read that there was a big problem in your school.
- to say aloud or in speech (something written, printed, etc.): [~ + object + to + object]to read a story to a child.[~ + object + object]I read her a story.[~ + to + object]The instructor read aloud to the class.
- to recognize and understand the meaning of (gestures, symbols, signals, or other communication):[~ + object]to read braille; to read lips.
- to figure out the significance of, pattern behind, etc., by observing outward appearances:[~ + object]to read the dark sky as the threat of a storm.
- to infer or guess at (something not expressed) from what is read, considered, or observed:[~ + object + into + object]You're reading meanings into this incident that really aren't there.
- [not: be + ~-ing] to give or have a certain form or wording: [~ + object]For "one thousand'' another version reads "ten thousand.''[no object]a rule that reads in two different ways.
- to register or indicate, as a thermometer:[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object]The temperature reads a balmy seventy-two degrees.
- to learn by or as if by reading:[~ + object]to read a person's thoughts.
- to bring, put, etc., by reading:[~ + object]to read oneself to sleep.
- Computing[~ + object] (in computers) to obtain (data or programs) from an outside disk or tape and place in a computer's memory.
- British Termsto study (a subject), as at a university:[~ + object]reading history at Oxford.
- to be readable in a certain way:[no object]The essay reads well.
- read up on, [~ + up + on + object] to learn about by reading:I read up on the subject.
- an act or instance of reading.
- something read:Her new novel is a good read.
read2 /rɛd/USA pronunciation
- Idiomsread between the lines, [no object] to understand more than is directly stated.
- Idiomsread someone's lips, [used as a command] said to stress that what follows should already be clear:Read my lips—I don't want the job.
- having knowledge gained by reading:a well-read person.
(red),USA pronunciation read•ing
(rē′ding),USA pronunciation n. v.t.
- to look at carefully so as to understand the meaning of (something written, printed, etc.):to read a book; to read music.
- to utter aloud or render in speech (something written, printed, etc.):reading a story to his children; The actor read his lines in a booming voice.
- to have such knowledge of (a language) as to be able to understand things written in it:to be able to read French.
- to apprehend the meaning of (signs, characters, etc.) otherwise than with the eyes, as by means of the fingers:to read Braille.
- to apprehend or interpret the meaning of (gestures, movements, signals, or the like):to read a semaphore; to read sign language.
- to make out the significance of by scrutiny or observation:to read the cloudy sky as the threat of a storm; a fisherman skilled in reading a stream for potential pools.
- to anticipate, expect, or calculate by observation:At the line of scrimmage, the quarterback read a blitz and called an audible.
- to foresee, foretell, or predict:to read a person's fortune in tea leaves.
- to make out the character, motivations, desires, etc., of (a person or persons), as by the interpretation of outward signs.
- to interpret or attribute a meaning to (a written text), a musical composition, etc.):How do you read this clause in the contract?
- to infer (something not expressed or directly indicated) from what is read, considered, or observed:He read an underlying sarcasm into her letter. In your silence I read agreement to my plan.
- to adopt or give as a reading in a particular passage:For "one thousand'' another version reads "ten thousand.''
- to substitute or replace (a particular word or phrase) in a written text, usually to correct an error:Read "cavalry'' for "calvary.''
- Printingto check (printers' proofs, copy, etc.) for errors;
- to register or indicate, as a thermometer, clock, etc.
- Computingto obtain (data, programs, or control information) from an external storage medium or some other source and place in memory.
- British Termsto study (a subject), as at a university:to read law.
- to read the work of (an author):She is reading Kafka.
- to learn by or as if by reading:to read a person's thoughts.
- Radio and Televisionto hear and understand (a transmitted radio message or the person transmitting it);
receive:I read you loud and clear.
- to bring, put, etc., by reading:to read oneself to sleep.
- to give one (a lecture or lesson) by way of admonition or rebuke.
- to discover or explain the meaning of (a riddle, dream, etc.).
- to read or peruse written or printed matter.
- to utter aloud or render in speech written or printed words that one is perusing:to read to a person.
- to give a public reading or recital.
- to inspect and apprehend the meaning of written or other signs or characters.
- to occupy oneself seriously with reading or study.
- to obtain knowledge or learn of something by reading.
- to admit of being read, esp. properly or well.
- to have a certain wording.
- to admit of being interpreted:a rule that reads in two different ways.
- to register or indicate particular information, as the status or condition of something:Her blood pressure is reading a little low today.
- to have an effect or make an impression;
show forth:Those battle photographs read with great impact.
- Computingto read data, programs, or control information.
- read between the lines. See line 1 (def. 69).
- read for, (of an actor) to audition for (a role, a play, etc.).
- Computingread in, to place (data, programs, or control information) in memory.
- read lips, to study the lip movements of a speaker who cannot be heard so as to determine the words being uttered.
- Computingread out:
- to read aloud, as for someone's attention.
- Computingto retrieve (information) from a computer.
- read out of, to oust from membership in (a political party or other group) by a public announcement of dismissal:He was read out of the association because of alleged subversive activities.
- Sportread the green. [Golf.]See green (def. 30).
- read the riot act. See Riot Act (def. 2).
- read up on, to learn about by reading;
gather information on;
research by reading:You'd better read up on World War I before taking the history test.
- an act or instance of reading:Give the agreement a careful read before you sign it.
- something that is read:Her new novel is a wonderful read.
- bef. 900; Middle English reden, Old English rǣdan to counsel, read; cognate with Dutch raden, German raten, Old Norse rātha; akin to Sanskrit rādhnoti (he) achieves
(red),USA pronunciation adj.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged peruse, scan, note, study.
- having knowledge gained by reading (usually used in combination):a well-read person.
- past participle of read1 1580–90
- BiographicalGeorge, 1733–98, American political leader: served in the Continental Congress 1774–77.
- BiographicalSir Herbert, 1893–1968, English critic and poet.
- a male given name: from an Old English word meaning "red.''
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
read /riːd/ vb (reads, reading, read /rɛd/)
- to comprehend the meaning of (something written or printed) by looking at and interpreting the written or printed characters
- when tr, often followed by out: to look at, interpret, and speak aloud (something written or printed)
- (transitive) to interpret the significance or meaning of through scrutiny and recognition: he read the sky and predicted rain, to read a map
- (transitive) to interpret or understand the meaning of (signs, characters, etc) other than by visual means: to read Braille
- (transitive) to have sufficient knowledge of (a language) to understand the written or printed word
- (transitive) to discover or make out the true nature or mood of: to read someone's mind
- to interpret or understand (something read) in a specified way, or (of something read) to convey a particular meaning or impression: I read this speech as satire, this book reads well
- (transitive) to adopt as a reading in a particular passage: for ``boon'' read ``bone''
- (intransitive) to have or contain a certain form or wording: the sentence reads as follows
- to undertake a course of study in (a subject): to read history, read for the bar
- to gain knowledge by reading: he read about the war
- (transitive) to register, indicate, or show: the meter reads 100
- (transitive) to bring or put into a specified condition by reading: to read a child to sleep
- (transitive) to hear and understand, esp when using a two-way radio: we are reading you loud and clear
- to obtain (data) from a storage device, such as magnetic tape
- read a lesson, read a lecture ⇒ informal to censure or reprimand, esp in a long-winded manner
See also read into
- matter suitable for reading: this new book is a very good read
- the act of reading
, read out
, read upEtymology: Old English rǣdan to advise, explain; related to Old Frisian rēda, Old High German rātan, Gothic garēdan
read /rɛd/ vb
- the past tense and past participle of read1
- having knowledge gained from books (esp in the phrases widely read, well-read)
- take something as read ⇒ to take something for granted as a fact; understand or presume
'read' also found in these entries:
>> Topic summary: Numbers - reading, speaking, saying, writing in full [number say speak read write]
...he could not read or write in Mandarin or English,...
"...supposed to read, write, study..."
(future form 2nd, I read the attached document that is very clear, I sign it as I will be in your office.
(the or without the) books I read yesterday
[Afger] having read this
[I wonder if] he read that notion in my face
$4-a-gallon gas (How do you read this)
"20:00" how do you read it? [saying telling time]
a book to read VS a book to be read
A classic is something everybody wants to have read,...(Mark Twain)
a comforting door-stopper of a read
A name of a room used to read books
a read for sore eyes [sight]
A room to be read to or to be read to in
a second read / the second read
a solemn declaration to be signed <that he would read a set portion of Holy Scripture every night>
a <solid,> entertaining read
a very interesting book ,<one/ the one> I have never read [pronoun 'one']
adjective for eyes that can hardly read
after having read... I will
After reading/having read
all I know is what I read in the papers
All of them read.
Amounted To a Read-My-Lips Statement
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