verb (reads, reading, read)
- A reading or an act of reading, especially an actor's part of a play.
- (context, transitive, intransitive) To look at and interpret letters or other information that is written.
Etymology: (term, rídan, rdan, advise, read, lang=ang), from (Ger.)
- Have you this book?
- He doesn't like to .
- (context, transitive, intransitive) To speak aloud words or other information that is written. Often construed with a to phrase or an indirect object.
- He us a passage from his new book.
- All right, class, who wants to next?
- (transitive) In telecommunications, to be able to hear what another person is saying over a radio connection.
- Do you me?
- (context, transitive, UK) To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.
- I am reading theology at university.
- (transitive) To interpret or infer a meaning, significance, etc.
- I can his feelings in his face.
- To consist of certain text.
- On the door hung a sign that , "Proper Safety Equipment Required Beyond This Point."
- (intransitive) Of text, etc., to be interpreted or read in a particular way.
- Arabic reads backwards.
- (past of, read)
- (term, raedanan, , advise, counsel). Cognate with Dutch (term, raden, lang=nl), German (term, raten, lang=de), Swedish (term, rída, lang=sv). The development from "advise, interpret" to "interpret letters, read" is unique to English. Compare (term, rede).
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