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Meaning & Definition of Read in English

English

Read

/rɛd/

noun

1. Something that is read

  • "The article was a very good read"
    synonym:
  • read

verb

1. Interpret something that is written or printed

  • "Read the advertisement"
  • "Have you read salman rushdie?"
    synonym:
  • read

2. Have or contain a certain wording or form

  • "The passage reads as follows"
  • "What does the law say?"
    synonym:
  • read
  • ,
  • say

3. Look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed

  • "The king will read the proclamation at noon"
    synonym:
  • read

4. Obtain data from magnetic tapes

  • "This dictionary can be read by the computer"
    synonym:
  • read
  • ,
  • scan

5. Interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky

  • Also of human behavior
  • "She read the sky and predicted rain"
  • "I can't read his strange behavior"
  • "The fortune teller read his fate in the crystal ball"
    synonym:
  • read

6. Interpret something in a certain way

  • Convey a particular meaning or impression
  • "I read this address as a satire"
  • "How should i take this message?"
  • "You can't take credit for this!"
    synonym:
  • take
  • ,
  • read

7. Be a student of a certain subject

  • "She is reading for the bar exam"
    synonym:
  • learn
  • ,
  • study
  • ,
  • read
  • ,
  • take

8. Indicate a certain reading

  • Of gauges and instruments
  • "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"
  • "The gauge read `empty'"
    synonym:
  • read
  • ,
  • register
  • ,
  • show
  • ,
  • record

9. Audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role

  • "He is auditioning for `julius caesar' at stratford this year"
    synonym:
  • read

10. To hear and understand

  • "I read you loud and clear!"
    synonym:
  • read

11. Make sense of a language

  • "She understands french"
  • "Can you read greek?"
    synonym:
  • understand
  • ,
  • read
  • ,
  • interpret
  • ,
  • translate

Examples of using

I need a book to read.
A person who does not read at all is better informed than someone who reads only the newspaper.
"Mom, you need to sign this." "Let me read it." "No, it's okay. You don't have to."