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noun 
  1. A reading or an act of reading, especially an actor's part of a play.
verb (reads, reading, read)
  1. (context, transitive, intransitive) To look at and interpret letters or other information that is written.
Have you this book?
He doesn't like to .
  1. (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?
  1. (transitive) In telecommunications, to be able to hear what another person is saying over a radio connection.
Do you me?
  1. (context, transitive, UK) To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.
I am reading theology at university.
  1. (transitive) To interpret or infer a meaning, significance, etc.
I can his feelings in his face.
  1. To consist of certain text.
On the door hung a sign that , "Proper Safety Equipment Required Beyond This Point."
  1. (intransitive) Of text, etc., to be interpreted or read in a particular way.
Arabic reads backwards.
  1. (past of, read)
Etymology: (term, rídan, rdan, advise, read, lang=ang), from (Ger.)
  • (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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