read

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For the verb: "to read"

Simple Past: read
Past Participle: read

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
read1 /rid/USA pronunciation  v.,  read/rɛd/USA pronunciation  read•ing
    /ˈridɪŋ/USA pronunciation n. 

    v. 
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. [+ object] to recognize and understand the meaning of (gestures, symbols, signals, or other communication):to read braille; to read lips.
    4. [+ object] to figure out the significance of, pattern behind, etc., by observing outward appearances:to read the dark sky as the threat of a storm.
    5. [+ object + into + object] to infer or guess at (something not expressed) from what is read, considered, or observed:You're reading meanings into this incident that really aren't there.
    6. [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.
    7. [not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object] to register or indicate, as a thermometer:The temperature reads a balmy seventy-two degrees.
    8. [+ object] to learn by or as if by reading:to read a person's thoughts.
    9. [+ object] to bring, put, etc., by reading:to read oneself to sleep.
    10. [+ object] (in computers) to obtain (data or programs) from an outside disk or tape and place in a computer's memory.
    11. [+ object][Brit.]to study (a subject), as at a university:reading history at Oxford.
    12. [no object] to be readable in a certain way:The essay reads well.
    13. read up on, [+ up + on + object] to learn about by reading:I read up on the subject.

    n. [countable]
    1. an act or instance of reading.
    2. something read:Her new novel is a good read.
    idiom
    1. read between the lines, [no object] to understand more than is directly stated.
    2. read 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.


read2 /rɛd/USA pronunciation  adj. 

    having knowledge gained by reading:a well-read person.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

read /riːd/ vb (reads, reading, read /rɛd/)
  1. to comprehend the meaning of (something written or printed) by looking at and interpreting the written or printed characters
  2. when tr, often followed by out: to look at, interpret, and speak aloud (something written or printed)
  3. (transitive) to interpret the significance or meaning of through scrutiny and recognition: he read the sky and predicted rain, to read a map
  4. (transitive) to interpret or understand the meaning of (signs, characters, etc) other than by visual means: to read Braille
  5. (transitive) to have sufficient knowledge of (a language) to understand the written or printed word
  6. (transitive) to discover or make out the true nature or mood of: to read someone's mind
  7. 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
  8. (transitive) to adopt as a reading in a particular passage: for ``boon'' read ``bone''
  9. (intransitive) to have or contain a certain form or wording: the sentence reads as follows
  10. to undertake a course of study in (a subject): to read history, read for the bar
  11. to gain knowledge by reading: he read about the war
  12. (transitive) to register, indicate, or show: the meter reads 100
  13. (transitive) to bring or put into a specified condition by reading: to read a child to sleep
  14. (transitive) to hear and understand, esp when using a two-way radio: we are reading you loud and clear
  15. to obtain (data) from a storage device, such as magnetic tape
  16. read a lesson, read a lectureinformal to censure or reprimand, esp in a long-winded manner
n
  1. matter suitable for reading: this new book is a very good read
  2. the act of reading

See also read into, read out, read upEtymology: Old English rǣdan to advise, explain; related to Old Frisian rēda, Old High German rātan, Gothic garēdan
read /rɛd/ vb
  1. the past tense and past participle of read1
adj
  1. having knowledge gained from books (esp in the phrases widely read, well-read)
  2. take something as readto take something for granted as a fact; understand or presume



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