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  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)
    • Dutch: gelezen worden
      • French: se lire(fr)
      • French: lire(fr)
      • German: gelesen werden
        • Italian: leggersi(it)
        • Italian: leggere(it)
        • Spanish: estudiar(es)
        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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