American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To examine and grasp the meaning of (written or printed characters, words, or sentences).
- v. To utter or render aloud (written or printed material): read poems to the students.
- v. To have the ability to examine and grasp the meaning of (written or printed material in a given language or notation): reads Chinese; reads music.
- v. To examine and grasp the meaning of (language in a form other than written or printed characters, words, or sentences): reading Braille; reading sign language.
- v. To examine and grasp the meaning of (a graphic representation): reading a map.
- v. To discern and interpret the nature or significance of through close examination or sensitive observation: The tracker read the trail for signs of game.
- v. To discern or anticipate through examination or observation; descry: "I can read abandonment in a broken door or shattered window” ( William H. Gass).
- v. To determine the intent or mood of: can read your mind like a book; a hard person to read.
- v. To attribute a certain interpretation or meaning to: read her words differently than I did.
- v. To consider (something written or printed) as having a particular meaning or significance: read the novel as a parable.
- v. To foretell or predict (the future).
- v. To receive or comprehend (a radio message, for example): I read you loud and clear.
- v. To study or make a study of: read history as an undergraduate.
- v. To learn or get knowledge of from something written or printed: read that interest rates would continue to rise.
- v. To proofread.
- v. To have or use as a preferred reading in a particular passage: For change read charge.
- v. To indicate, register, or show: The dial reads 32°.
- v. Computer Science To obtain (data) from a storage medium, such as a magnetic disk.
- v. Genetics To decode or translate a sequence of messenger RNA into an amino acid sequence in a polypeptide chain.
- v. To examine and grasp the meaning of printed or written characters, as of words or music.
- v. To speak aloud the words that one is reading: read to the children every night.
- v. To learn by reading: read about the storm in the paper today.
- v. To study.
- v. To have a particular wording: Recite the poem exactly as it reads.
- v. To contain a specific meaning: As the law reads, the defendant is guilty.
- v. To indicate, register, or show a measurement or figure: How does your new watch read?
- v. To have a specified character or quality for the reader: Your poems read well.
- n. Informal Something that is read: "The book is a page-turner as well as a very satisfying read” ( Frank Conroy).
- adj. Informed by reading; learned: only sparsely read in fields outside my profession.
- read out To read aloud: Please read out the names on the list.
- read up To study or learn by reading: Read up on the places you plan to visit before you travel.
- idiom. lecture To issue a reprimand: My parents read me a lecture because I had neglected my chores.
- idiom. read between the lines To perceive or detect an obscure or unexpressed meaning: learned to read between the lines of corporate annual reports to discern areas of fiscal weakness.
- idiom. read out of To expel by proclamation from a social, political, or other group: was read out of the secretariat after the embarrassing incident.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To counsel; advise; recommend.
- To teach; instil, as a lesson.
- To explain the meaning of; explain; interpret; make out; solve: as, to read a riddle; to read a dream.
- To declare; tell; rehearse.
- To suppose; guess; imagine; fancy.
- To understand by observation or scrutiny; acquire a knowledge of (something not otherwise obvious) by interpreting signs or indications; study out; interpret: as, to read the signs of the times; to read the sky or a person's countenance.
- To discover by observation or scrutiny; perceive from signs or indications.
- To observe and apprehend the meaning of (something written, printed, inscribed, or stamped in letters or other significant characters); go over with the eyes (or, in the case of the blind, with the fingers) and take in the meaning of (significant characters forming or representing words or sentences); peruse: as, to read a book, newspaper, poem, inscription, or piece of music.
- To note the indication of (a graduated instrument): as, to read a thermometer or a circle.
- To utter aloud: said of words or sounds represented by letters or other significant characters.
- To peruse or study (a subject in the books written about it); learn through reading: as, to read law or philosophy; to read science for a degree; to read the news; we read that the meek shall inherit the earth.
- To perceive or assume in the reading or study of a book or writing (something not expressed or directly indicated); impute or import by inference: as, to read a meaning in a book which the author did not intend; to read one's own notions into a book; to read something between the lines.
- To affect by reading so as to bring into a specified condition: as, to read a child asleep; to read one's self blind.
- To read about.
- To counsel; advise; give advice or warning.
- To speak; discourse; declare; tell.
- To peruse something written or printed; acquire information from a record of any kind.
- To utter aloud the words of something written or printed; enunciate the words of a book or writing.
- In music: To perform or render music at first sight of the notes: applied to either vocal or instrumental performance: as, he plays well, but reads very slowly.
- To perform or render music in a particular way; put a certain expression upon it; interpret it: used of a performer or conductor.
- To give a recital or lecture; rehearse something written or learned: as, to read before a public audience.
- To study systematically from books or writings: sometimes with up.
- To appear on reading; have a (specified) meaning.
- To have a certain quality or effect in perusal; used absolutely, to be suitable or desirable for perusal.
- Having knowledge gained from reading; instructed by reading; in general, versed: now usually with well: as, well read in the classics.
- n. Counsel; advice.
- n. Interpretation.
- n. Speech; tale; narrative.
- n. A saying; a proverb.
- n. Reading; perusal.
- An obsolete form of red.
- A dialectal form of red.
- n. A reading or an act of reading, especially an actor's part of a play.
- v. obsolete To think, believe; to consider (that).
- v. transitive or intransitive To look at and interpret letters or other information that is written.
- v. transitive or intransitive To speak aloud words or other information that is written. Often construed with a to phrase or an indirect object.
- v. transitive To interpret or infer a meaning, significance, etc.
- v. To consist of certain text.
- v. intransitive Of text, etc., to be interpreted or read in a particular way.
- v. transitive To substitute (a corrected piece of text in place of an erroneous one); used to introduce an emendation of a text.
- v. informal Used after a euphemism to introduce the intended, more blunt meaning of a term.
- v. transitive, telecommunications To be able to hear what another person is saying over a radio connection.
- v. transitive, UK To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.
- v. transitive to recognise (someone) as being transgender
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of read.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Prov. Eng. Rennet. See 3d reed.
- v. obsolete To advise; to counsel.
- v. To interpret; to explain.
- v. obsolete To tell; to declare; to recite.
- v. 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
- v. Hence, to know fully; to comprehend.
- v. To discover or understand by characters, marks, features, etc.; to learn by observation.
- v. To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.
- v. obsolete To give advice or counsel.
- v. obsolete To tell; to declare.
- v. To perform the act of reading; to peruse, or to go over and utter aloud, the words of a book or other like document.
- v. To study by reading.
- v. To learn by reading.
- v. To appear in writing or print; to be expressed by, or consist of, certain words or characters.
- v. To produce a certain effect when read.
- n. obsolete Saying; sentence; maxim; hence, word; advice; counsel. See rede.
- n. colloq. Reading.
- imp. & p. p. of read, v. t. & i.
- adj. Instructed or knowing by reading; versed in books; learned.
- v. audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role
- v. be a student of a certain subject
- v. have or contain a certain wording or form
- v. interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior
- v. interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression
- v. look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed
- v. make sense of a language
- v. interpret something that is written or printed
- v. indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
- n. something that is read
- v. obtain data from magnetic tapes
- v. to hear and understand
- From Old English rǣdan ("advise, read"), from Proto-Germanic *rēdanan (“advise, counsel”). Cognate with Danish råde, Dutch raden, German raten, Swedish råda. The development from ‘advise, interpret’ to ‘interpret letters, read’ is unique to English. Compare rede. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English reden, from Old English rǣdan, to advise. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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