Definition of read in English:

read

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Look at and comprehend the meaning of (written or printed matter) by interpreting the characters or symbols of which it is composed.

    ‘it's the best novel I've ever read’
    ‘I never learned to read music’
    ‘Emily read over her notes’
    [no object] ‘I'll go to bed and read for a while’
    • ‘In all of the books she had ever read the main character always had some sort of friend.’
    • ‘Clearly, the notion of reading everything ever written is now entirely preposterous.’
    • ‘It's not a good look watching grown men and women openly weeping while reading a tabloid newspaper!’
    • ‘Alex was reading the papers in bed one Sunday morning when the smoke alarm fitted outside her bedroom door went off.’
    • ‘Nobody has ever read the small print of a mobile-phone insurance contract.’
    • ‘He could see his poem, deeply creased now as if it had been read over and over, lying on the floor by his feet.’
    • ‘The nature of these disclosures, and the colorful language used, strongly support the belief that no one ever reads this material.’
    • ‘When she complained that she wouldn't have time she was told not to worry and just to skim read the papers.’
    • ‘Still, since only the two of us ever read this stuff, it barely matters, does it?’
    • ‘He read over what had happened and then read the email from Neil that she had attached.’
    • ‘Consumers should know what is good for them and make it a habit to at least read the ingredients written on the packets.’
    • ‘I cannot read the characters you sent to me, but I can see the web site address.’
    • ‘It just seems to be one long tirade on how to read stuff and then write it.’
    • ‘He was reading the newspaper and he looked up at me and said in a very serious tone of voice.’
    • ‘I know all the stories and the names of the characters from my time reading the Bible as a child.’
    • ‘You don't need a computer to read a magazine or newspaper on the bus on your way to work.’
    • ‘Sunday morning I put him down for a nap and I stayed in bed reading the paper.’
    • ‘He's lying on the bed, reading the paper as I put on my makeup.’
    • ‘If anyone can read the characters on the sword itself, please let me know what they say.’
    • ‘Far too much of my work involved reading old newspapers and regional magazines on microfilm.’
    decipher, make out, make sense of, interpret, understand, comprehend
    peruse, study, scrutinize, look through
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    1. 1.1[no object]Have the ability to look at and comprehend the meaning of written or printed matter.
      ‘only three of the girls could read and none could write’
      • ‘Most girls were not expected to use their schooling beyond the ability to read, so they didn't pay it much attention.’
      • ‘The world operates and revolves around reading and having the ability to comprehend what is read.’
      • ‘Both tests will assess the listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities of students.’
      • ‘The ability to read and write, an experience of debate: these are essential to democracy.’
      • ‘Figures published last week showed alarming gaps in children's ability to read and write.’
      • ‘A stroke can affect your ability to read and write and even if you can talk, sometimes the words don't come out in the correct order.’
      • ‘They're slow at it, and they never achieve full ability to read quickly and automatically.’
      • ‘She said the greater the levels of exposure, the greater the decline in reading and reasoning ability.’
      • ‘Patients may quickly lose their ability to read or to see the faces of their grandchildren.’
      • ‘It is clear that higher education is a sector predicated upon the ability to read and write accurately.’
      • ‘Her mother couldn't understand why she wanted to bury herself away in her bedroom, reading and writing and spending time on her own.’
      • ‘By high school the typical boy is a year and a half behind the typical girl in reading and writing.’
      • ‘Anyway it was his own silly fault for not reading what I wrote.’
      • ‘Most lose or never develop the ability to read and write in their native language.’
      • ‘Until about a year ago, none of them could read and write; now they are studying mathematics.’
      • ‘We are also in the three top-performing countries on mathematical ability, reading, and literacy.’
      • ‘It seems somehow odd now to recall that none of these three could read or write, and that they did not speak English.’
      • ‘Lione quickly caught the attention of the royals with her ability to read and write.’
      • ‘After all, if you stand in front of a room and tell everyone that no one reads what you write online, maybe the problem isn't with the users or the medium.’
      • ‘There are still people leaving school without the ability to read or write.’
    2. 1.2Speak (the written or printed matter that one is reading) aloud.
      ‘I read the letter to her’
      ‘the charges against him were read out’
      [no object] ‘I'll read to you if you like’
      • ‘He reads it aloud, and then proceeds to asks us the riddle.’
      • ‘The Duke hands the letter to the clerk, who reads it aloud.’
      • ‘She was glad now that her History teacher humiliated her by taking that letter and reading it aloud to the class.’
      • ‘It is basically a long prose poem meant to be read aloud, and I could only take so much of that at one time.’
      • ‘Standing before those who had come to read out their poems, she recollected images about poetry reading sessions.’
      • ‘She wrote letters to Christian's large family for him often, and when a letter arrived for him she'd read it aloud.’
      • ‘Proud of himself and unable to contain his joy, he began to read the letter aloud.’
      • ‘Mum or dad reads the story, while the child follows the pictures - and occasionally makes that little jump of recognition when they realise the characters they are looking at make up one of the words mum or dad has just read out.’
      • ‘Perhaps she stands in front of them to prevent her mother or her kid from reading them aloud.’
      • ‘The three tellers read each ballot successively, and the third one reads the name aloud.’
      • ‘She didn't just show it to her, she ended up reading it all aloud and was rewarded with the first real chuckle we've had from her for weeks.’
      • ‘Please remember these qualifications are read over the telephone during the interview.’
      • ‘This completed the case for the prosecution and the usual caution was read over to the prisoners.’
      • ‘Letters and cards were read thanking the branch for Christmas gifts given to older members who are unable to attend meetings.’
      • ‘This time, Gerard and Kathleen caught up to us as I was reading the card aloud.’
      • ‘He performs his poems and children join in, writing their own poetry or reading his aloud.’
      • ‘They wrote essays, or lectures, or sermons and they read them aloud.’
      • ‘They came over to look over her shoulder as she read the scroll aloud, unrolling it.’
      • ‘They guys are looking at us with a mixture of curiosity and fear so I decide to read the letter aloud.’
      • ‘How about nobody sings, nobody recites, nobody reads aloud, nobody speaks or tap dances or whatever it is the great media event people are planning.’
    3. 1.3Habitually read (a particular newspaper or periodical)
      ‘now, I know what my reputation is—I read the papers’
      • ‘He reads newspapers and law journals, and would like to improve Grahamstown's public amenities.’
      • ‘In the absence of good Muslim newspapers Muslims are compelled to read other newspapers.’
      • ‘I do read newspapers, and you can ask about my politics and I will tell you.’
      • ‘I don't think it will come as any great surprise to you that I've stopped reading newspapers.’
      • ‘So we were reading the newspapers and scraping the barrels of our own experiences.’
      • ‘You all want to read newspapers, you all want the products of the forest, somewhere the trees have to be grown.’
      • ‘My college tenured several professors who instilled in students a sharp guilt about reading newspapers.’
      • ‘Getting him to sit down at story time proved impossible but by the age of four he was reading newspapers.’
      • ‘But then no one reads a newspaper in the same way as they do a magazine. Newspapers primarily inform.’
      • ‘After months in the fields helping the farmer tend cows, Martin started reading the newspapers.’
      • ‘Even the simple act of reading a newspaper is fraught for you.’
      • ‘He read Jewish newspapers to learn the business of emigration to Palestine and other countries.’
      • ‘Ireland is no madder than England - as anyone who reads English tabloid newspapers will know.’
      • ‘In print advertising, you are looking at everybody who reads the magazine or newspaper.’
      • ‘We read newspapers and we see certain schools with poor results every year.’
      • ‘He doesn't read the newspaper and is proud of it.’
      • ‘She also enjoyed reading the newspapers and neighbours calling in for a cup of tea and chatting about old times.’
      • ‘Mr Nairn is described as living in Ireland, but clearly reads the Scottish newspapers with a diligence they do not always deserve and has a tendency to keep cuttings of congenial opinions.’
      • ‘She believes that teens in the rural Jamaica can help the industry by reading the newspapers and being aware of what is going on.’
      • ‘Right now, however, it is doubly hard to be a black woman, especially one who reads newspapers or, heaven forbid, happens to be remotely newsworthy.’
    4. 1.4[no object, with complement](of a passage, text, or sign) have a certain wording.
      ‘the placard read ‘We want justice’’
      • ‘Television is the only place where, as the sign reads in Claudia's apartment, ‘It really happened.’’
      • ‘Outside my niece's old primary school, a very prominent sign reads: ‘You are entering a gun-free zone.’’
      • ‘He said: ‘There is one sign which reads Taxis Only but that is covered with graffiti.’’
      • ‘On the right-hand side, stark text reads thus: ‘What, we ask, might this trigger economically?’’
      • ‘The religious text reads, ‘Before thy throne I now appear’, and it seems a most appropriate conclusion to a fantastic life of music.’
      • ‘One passage reads: ‘I regard personal disloyalty as the worst crime of all, and have killed some guilty of it without a qualm.’’
      • ‘The third floor sign reads: Floor 3: These men have highly paid jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking, and help with the housework.’
      • ‘One day, he finds the manuscript left for him with a note which reads: ‘Welcome to our ranks!’
      • ‘At Larapinta School they've got a sign that reads STOP, THINK, DO.’
      • ‘T-shirts are also available, the sign reads on.’
      • ‘Flowers left at the spot are accompanied by a note that reads: ‘You were my guru and always put a smile on my face.’’
      • ‘Pay Here, reads the sign in the National Park's Grassington car park.’
      • ‘A statement on the band's website reads: ‘We will be doing a press tour in July for Europe.’’
      • ‘Just as we were leaving, the teashop put out a sign reading: Now baking: Yorkshire Rascals.’
      • ‘The campaign features a series a posters showing empty parts of a house with street signs reading Bedroom, Stairs and Hallway.’
      • ‘One sign reads, ‘You've got to have balls to conquer the world.’’
      • ‘A label on one of the cans reads: ‘No matter if the product is used up or not, don't bump it.’
      • ‘A passage in the book reads: ‘Now the Tree of Life extends from above downwards, and is the sun which illuminates all.’’
      • ‘We were in a corridor with a door at either end, each door has a sign, one reads Undermountain, the other, Rappan Athuk.’
      • ‘After another hour of travel, we finally saw a sign reading that the town of Tol is five more miles away.’
    5. 1.5Used to indicate that a particular word in a text or passage is incorrect and that another should be substituted for it.
      ‘for madam read madman’
      • ‘For Scholes at domestic level, read van der Vaart and others in the national team.’
    6. 1.6[no object](of an actor) audition for (a role)
      ‘ring your agent and say you'll read for the part’
      • ‘He has the uncanny ability to master the American accent which, along with his smile and look, helped set him apart from the other actors reading for the part.’
      • ‘The rest of the roles are filled by auditions of invited actors reading for specific parts and some by general auditions.’
      • ‘He said no - but as he was leaving the audition he was asked to read for a show.’
  • 2Discover (information) by reading it in a written or printed source.

    ‘he was arrested yesterday—I read it in the paper’
    [no object] ‘I read about the course in a magazine’
    • ‘I read with interest of your concerns about the Greens' progressive drug policy.’
    • ‘It is not board level, because I have read in another submission there are no black women at board level.’
    • ‘I read about it in a book but cant find real proof.’
    • ‘The Boks of today are more interested in writing history than reading about it.’
    • ‘It's appropriate to set the record straight so that anyone who read the information in your report knows the truth.’
    • ‘The question that came up for me reading your information about SARS has to do with numbers of cases.’
    1. 2.1Having a specified level of knowledge as a result of reading.
      ‘Ada was well read in French literature’
      • ‘The basis of Hutton's work was observation, but he had read widely the literature available.’
      • ‘Could this be because Sebald had read widely in the subject and could see things that we can't?’
      • ‘She loved art, travel, and parties, and read widely in Russian and French as well as English.’
      • ‘I was glad I had read widely and learnt poetry and parts of the Book Of Common Prayer by rote.’
      • ‘But Eagleton, one of the most widely read theorists alive, knows all this, so what does he mean?’
      • ‘He began to experiment with verse from an early age, and read widely.’
      • ‘He has read widely and in depth, he writes well and he has an eye for the colourful phrase.’
      • ‘I can see why he's both beloved amongst geeks and starting to become more widely read.’
      • ‘If not a grindingly deep scholar, Mr Holland has read widely and absorbed the literature intelligently.’
      • ‘People are quite well informed and well read in India and aware of everything.’
      • ‘He has read widely in the archives, and listened afresh to the music of the period.’
      • ‘So he was a highly, very widely read guy and he had a very sound philosophy behind all the nonsense that was going on.’
      • ‘Underneath that homeless-person exterior is an articulate, widely read man.’
      • ‘Widely read, and a lover of music and languages, she was attending French classes up until her death.’
      • ‘He was widely read and took a keen interest in history, current affairs, politics and religion.’
    2. 2.2Discern (a fact, emotion, or quality) in someone's eyes or expression.
      ‘she looked down, terrified that he would read fear on her face’
      • ‘It's very hard at the moment to read that mood, but it's uncertain, slightly fearful, unconfident.’
      • ‘He laughed and looked at his plate, as if he was embarrassed for reading my emotions wrong.’
      • ‘They bored into mine and read my fears even before I had the courage to think them.’
      • ‘But how can you read the clues as to what's going on in the boss's mind - or behind the scenes?’
      • ‘He could read the shame in Drake's voice and had a pretty fair idea of what had transpired.’
      • ‘He showed nothing in his jet black eyes, not that I was used to reading the emotions of birds.’
      • ‘He just surveyed me with those dark eyes that seemed to read my emotions, and kept on driving.’
      • ‘Sara sighed and lowered her head in order to prevent Gabe from reading the emotions, which leaked out of her tired eyes.’
      • ‘But Keren to his annoyance had a way of reading his moods and using them to his advantage.’
      • ‘She could not read the emotions and raised her hot fingers to trace the outline of her cheek.’
      • ‘Even if they can't speak another's language, they can still read their emotions.’
      • ‘Kyle can read the anguish as she moves on again, her unwillingness to let a good man die.’
      • ‘Gregory reached out subconsciously with his mind, reading her feelings of horror and fear.’
      • ‘Not for the first time, Monique was very glad that he could not read emotions like she could, or thoughts, like Lawrence.’
      • ‘She was reading his emotions, the ones that were bottled up inside without use.’
      • ‘He had learned to read her moods and expressions well in the past year since they had married.’
      • ‘Brent studied her face, he could read every emotion and thought she had at that moment.’
      • ‘I wanted to read every emotion going through his head through those eyes.’
      • ‘It's hard to read the feelings of others when you still haven't figured out your own.’
      • ‘Sarah squinted her eyes in curiosity trying hard to read the information from his face.’
  • 3Understand or interpret the nature or significance of.

    ‘he didn't dare look away, in case this was read as a sign of weakness’
    • ‘He was a man who was way ahead of his time and read the signs of the times that were later to be the basis of Vatican 2.’
    • ‘They would see reading art by understanding the symbols as an easy way of interpreting culture.’
    • ‘What will people do then, being able to read their love lives, the stock market, war and peace all in the stars?’
    • ‘As such, the glories of nature can be read as harbingers of a future still arriving.’
    • ‘We need to know the story being played out before us and, instinctively, start to read the clues.’
    • ‘Yet it seems doctors in many parts of the country are still failing to read the signs and make the correct diagnosis.’
    • ‘The desert is an unforgiving place to those who cannot read its signs or understand its subtle warnings.’
    • ‘Jesus wants those who read the signs of nature to ponder the real signs of the times.’
    • ‘Perhaps I read it wrong, but I would strongly encourage you not to make blanket statements.’
    • ‘It's early days and I'm still open to be convinced that I'm reading Zapatero entirely wrong here.’
    • ‘They stand either side of a pool of light, which can be read as iconographically significant.’
    • ‘This was also how many regimental commanders read the mood of their men.’
    • ‘The evidence before me establishes that that is how it was read and understood by the Claimants, and in my view reasonably so.’
    • ‘Anyway, the point remains that Labour has abjectly failed to read the mood of the nation when it comes to tax cuts.’
    • ‘The guy can still throw the ball, he understands how to read defenses and he can move the chains.’
    • ‘After your date reads the first clue, they will be on an exciting adventure to find you.’
    • ‘To do this they turned to techniques developed by Freudian psychoanalysts to read the inner desires of the new self.’
    • ‘I apologise to Jack Robertson for reading him the wrong way, although I am not sure I follow all of what he says.’
    • ‘It will in all likelihood be a compromise Cabinet, that is, if I am reading the signs right.’
    • ‘When the voices speak to him (or he reads the significance of Viking remains), they tell him how to get on with his poetry, not how the rest of the people from the North can get on with life.’
    interpret, take, take to mean, construe, see, explain, understand
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    1. 3.1[no object, with adverbial](of a piece of writing) convey a specified impression to the reader.
      ‘the brief note read like a cry for help’
      • ‘In any case, the arbitration is going forward and his piece reads like he does not expect the organisation to emerge unscathed.’
      • ‘It reads like the suicide note not of a country alone, but of an entire civilization.’
      • ‘Accompanied by a series of photographs of Harlem, the piece reads akin to the ramblings of a sentimental expatriate inundating new friends with photographs of a lost home.’
      • ‘Some of my mentees are working on their first extended piece of writing: if it reads well, that's fine by me.’
      • ‘I may have had comics at the front of my brain when writing that and perhaps comics are a little behind in terms of artistic exploration, but a lot of the time such writing reads like a cop-out or just plain lazy.’
      • ‘He circles possibilities, though he feels it won't matter how his resume reads, what color tie he wears or how cordial he is in the interview.’
      • ‘That whole piece reads like a comedy sketch.’
      • ‘Unfortunately his piece reads like a university essay and wouldn't convince too many apart from those who want to believe his theory.’
      • ‘At times the writing reads like a legal argument, at other times like a therapeutic recovery manual.’
      • ‘Ende's poignant text reads like a journal of displacement and disillusion.’
      • ‘The whole thing together makes a super piece which reads easily and educates us well.’
      • ‘Although it's true that Fuller's reputation has never quite shaken off the hucksterism, and at times his writing reads like a very bad weblog, this was an extraordinary achievement.’
      • ‘While nobody wants to hinder a woman from becoming an engineer or scientist, it should be noted that the wording in this bill reads like a feminist playbook.’
      • ‘His writing reads like he's thinking aloud, calmly at your shoulder, always coming up with variations and tips.’
      • ‘This reads like unedited notes that accidentally found their way into a finished story.’
      • ‘At times these read as lecture notes; at others more like a dramatic monologue.’
      • ‘Most writing of this genre reads like scripted excerpts from therapy sessions, and is great for making the writer feel better.’
      • ‘What's really sad is that his opinion piece reads like a parody.’
      • ‘The text reads smoothly most of the time, yet occasionally an awkward construction captures the reader's attention.’
      • ‘The piece reads like it was edited by deleting large sections, and perhaps that's what happened.’
  • 4Inspect and record the figure indicated on (a measuring instrument)

    ‘I've come to read the gas meter’
    • ‘That approach eats up staff time because they must read meters at fields, Fagan said.’
    • ‘Dragging myself out of bed to answer it, I discovered it was the gas man, wanting to read the meter.’
    • ‘She says that the guy had come to read the gas meter earlier and the woman was not home.’
    • ‘I just had some woman come round to read my meter.’
    • ‘The 73 year old victim let a man into her home who claimed he needed to read the gas meter but she did not ask for identification at this stage.’
    • ‘How on earth do the supply companies know how much gas or electricity we've used if they haven't actually read the meter?’
    • ‘If you keep your PC on the floor like I do, that adds to the difficulty of reading the meter.’
    • ‘The man is believed to have been operating in the area for some time and the victim of the assault had allowed him into her home in August to read her gas meter.’
    • ‘He said that he understood that people get nervous but he was only here to read the gas meter.’
    • ‘In June, he called to read the meter at the girl's Basildon home while her mother was getting her ready for play school.’
    • ‘A few weeks ago the fellow who reads the gas meter told me: ‘I love your work’.’
    • ‘The flat ruler keeps the fish stable even in a rocking boat, and the measurement is easy to read.’
    • ‘On that date we were not at home and did not know of anyone coming to read the meter.’
    • ‘Crescenzio works as an inspector for the gas company: that is he reads meters.’
    • ‘The power company now only reads the meter every three months.’
    1. 4.1[no object, with complement](of a measuring instrument) indicate a specified measurement or figure.
      ‘the thermometer read 0° C’
      • ‘Remove from the heat immediately and let it sit for another two minutes, until the thermometer reads 182 degrees.’
      • ‘Linda said we were only stopped and out of the car for a few minutes at the most, and the time of the car's clock reads an extra 25 minutes of time.’
      • ‘My vehicle was acting strangely with the gauges not reading the correct data.’
      • ‘It's Friday morning, and the clock reads nine fifteen.’
      • ‘The thermometer outside the pharmacy reads 28 and as I squeeze off the first 100 shots of the day I quickly wet my t-shirt with sweat.’
      • ‘In other words, it's more like petrol in a car: the engine will keep running just the same whether the petrol gauge reads a quarter, half, or full.’
      • ‘The viral load measure can read as high as a million, depending on the limits of the lab test.’
      • ‘But when the clock at the front does light up, it reads the same time as the clock at the back did!’
      • ‘If the thermometer reads 98.6°F, then you don't have a fever and you can learn more about how heat makes other things expand.’
      • ‘For example, if the compass reads south as you face the office's front door, then the back part of the room is the north section, the left is east, and the right is west.’
      • ‘The thermometer in my garden reads 39° C - is this a new record?’
      • ‘The little green digits on the clock read one in the morning, and I am deathly tired.’
      • ‘Every day we wake up without James, every time the clock reads a certain time, we know that's the time the building came down, you know.’
      • ‘The digital clock reads just shy of ten when his ice cream truck emerges from its underground parking, and at about 10: 30 he pulls up to the restaurant.’
      • ‘Finding a station that pumps CNG can be a chore, especially when the gauge reads zero pressure!’
      • ‘And as if all this wasn't enough, the meter on the auto read the same as everyday.’
      • ‘Travis looked down at his indicator which read thirty two enemies in the immediate area.’
      • ‘Cook, stirring as little as possible, until the thermometer reads 300 F degrees.’
      • ‘So if we ask what the quantum state is when the clock reads a certain time, there will be additional statistical uncertainties which grow with time.’
      • ‘When the speed gauge reads you're flying at 200 mph, it actually feels that way’
  • 5British Study (an academic subject) at a university.

    ‘I'm reading English at Cambridge’
    [no object] ‘he went to Manchester to read for a BA in Economics’
    • ‘So the group has devised several strategies to try to increase the number of students reading physics at universities.’
    • ‘She became head prefect and had a place lined up at Bristol University to read English and drama.’
    • ‘I did, however, read history at university, so I know what the historians say.’
    • ‘She read microbiology at Leeds University and trained for the ministry on the Northern Ordination Course.’
    • ‘Academically brilliant, she was due to go to Leeds University in September to read English and drama.’
    • ‘The oldest, a rocket scientist, is now a father himself, the youngest is off to university to read medicine.’
    • ‘After attending Edinburgh Academy he went to Sussex University to read English.’
    • ‘He then entered the University of Cambridge to read general studies before taking up physics.’
    • ‘Initially he arrived at Newcastle on a gap year before proceeding to Durham University to read sports science.’
    • ‘Mr Hackett read history at Oxford University and had planned a career in teaching or lecturing.’
    • ‘Roberts went to university to read English and theatre studies, where her problem continued.’
    • ‘Mr Dyke was taken on by the university to read politics as a mature student in 1971 with one grade E A level.’
    • ‘He was reading for an MSc in Security Management at Leicester University.’
    • ‘By the time I got to university I was reading Marx and learning about how religion was the opium of the people.’
    • ‘As for me, I am entering my fourth year of university reading chemistry.’
    • ‘Johnson's passion for wine began when he was at Cambridge University, where he read English.’
    • ‘She was educated at Island School in Hong Kong before coming to England to read law at University College London.’
    • ‘She grew up in Dublin and went to University College Dublin to read English and history.’
    • ‘She had decided to go into the museums sector while reading English Literature at university in Sheffield, her home city.’
    • ‘The former Leeds Girls High School pupil from Roundhay, is now reading Oriental Studies at Cambridge University.’
    study, do, take
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  • 6(of a computer) copy, transfer, or interpret (data)

    ‘it attempts to read a floppy disk without regard to its format’
    • ‘The fact that it makes no attempt to read the disks does give it some flexibility, though.’
    • ‘Once there was an additional message that the floppy disk could not be read either.’
    • ‘Once the connection is negotiated, it reads the client's HTTP request.’
    • ‘Then the system reads that information and casts objects at run time.’
    • ‘The video relay module reads a separate gigabit Ethernet network connection devoted to video.’
    • ‘The program reads the information from your CD and imports it to your collection.’
    • ‘If your computer is constantly reading from your hard disk, it's time to upgrade.’
    • ‘The smartctl t command starts a self test that reads every byte on the disk.’
    • ‘All it really means is that there is a script running that loads a web page, reads the HTML looking for certain attributes, and then reacts based on those attributes.’
    • ‘It is often surprising how one drive might not read a DVD, but another has no problem with it.’
    • ‘A computer program reads the same scans the radiologist views, and the combined judgment of the computer and radiologist helps detect more cancers, the researchers found.’
    • ‘It also reads floppy disk, Zip, Jaz, MO, IDE, and SCSI drives.’
    • ‘It reads a GLADE user interface description and instantiates its corresponding objects.’
    • ‘Computers read data tracks first, but the data track has to be located at the end of the CD.’
    • ‘Depending on what the charge inside is, the computer reads the memory cell as a ‘1’ or ‘0’.’
    • ‘The time it takes to read a single byte at random is MUCH higher on a rambus system than on a DDR system.’
    • ‘When Google reads a webpage, it views the text from the top left hand side of the page to the bottom right hand side of the page.’
    • ‘The software itself does not read information beyond its load location on the hard drive.’
    • ‘There is no hassle of manually decrypting a file before reading it or encrypting it again after modifying it.’
    • ‘Now, when I try to open attachments, I get an error message stating that the file cannot be read.’
    1. 6.1[with object and adverbial]Enter or extract (data) in an electronic storage device.
      ‘the commonest way of reading a file into the system’
      • ‘In order to fit more data on a disc, the limiting factor is the laser that reads the information off the disc.’
      • ‘This reads GPS from your serial port and makes it available on a network port.’
      • ‘If such a file exists, then the program reads it from disk and returns its content in an HTTP response.’
      • ‘The network loader reads the network boot kernel sent from the server into local memory and transfers control to it.’
      • ‘Once a node reads data from storage, that data may remain in cache for some period of time, to accelerate future calls to that information.’
      • ‘The dæmon reads from a configuration file or can take command-line arguments.’
      • ‘The first copy is performed by the DMA engine, which reads file contents from the disk and stores them into a kernel address space buffer.’
      • ‘The DOM interface reads the entire XML file into memory and provides functions for traversing the XML hierarchy and retrieving the information.’
      • ‘The DVD Player software reads it from the disk, which uses less power than the DVD drive.’
      • ‘It only works if you're already infected with an extractor that reads the code out of the images.’
      • ‘The display reads information from the module and shows it using a total of ten LED digits.’
      • ‘By the same token, every value retrieval reads the information from disk.’
      • ‘I have written a basic Perl program that reads a list of URLs from a file, goes to the URL, looks for some information and then writes that information to another file.’
    2. 6.2(of a device) obtain data from (light or other input)
      ‘the microchip gives a unique code when read by the scanner’
      • ‘You've got to orient your own hand exactly or the sensor won't read it correctly.’
      • ‘Another switch will open a system or door only when its sensor reads the eyeballs of the owner.’
      • ‘Simply press a button and a red laser reads the bar code of the desired item.’
      • ‘The device can read the plates of passing cars, and check national records to see if the car or lorry is travelling untaxed.’
      • ‘On the audio side, the device reads standard M3U, PLS and RMP playlists, along with MP3 and WMA files.’
      • ‘The camera reads the ambient lighting and then kicks out just enough flash to fill shadows but leave the picture natural-looking.’
      • ‘The user simply assumes a natural firing grip with the finger alongside the holster, the scanner reads the fingerprint and releases the gun for use - all in the space of a second or less.’
      • ‘Additionally, a laser that reads a two-dimensional bar code placed on the device could be used to track the item.’
      • ‘Under ultra-violet light it glows and the DNA code can be read under a microscope.’
      • ‘It registers the severity of the crash by reading the deceleration data from the airbag's sensor.’
      • ‘Fluorescent tags stick to variable spots; a detector reads their order as they flow past.’
      • ‘If there is an outcropping of rock or tree branches in the way, the laser will read the target.’
      • ‘Like that of a phonograph record, the device's needle reads the bumps on the subject's surface, rising as it hits the peaks and dipping as it traces the valleys.’
      • ‘Make sure you are reading the light from the moon and not any near by street lights etc.’
      • ‘Yes, like a supermarket scanner reads the bar code on a bag of potato chips.’
      • ‘The processor reads video stream from system memory, decodes it and writes it to graphics card memory.’
      • ‘It is the ballots that were not counted because the machines could not read them that are important.’
      • ‘The blue laser is finer and can read data that is packed more tightly on a disc.’
      • ‘The leader, me, Gus, hands over the device that reads Val's signal to the two youngest members, along with two camels and basic survival supplies.’
      • ‘Even without a network, it should not be beyond the wit of man to knock up a system that machine reads the passport and checks it against a digitised watchlist.’
  • 7Present (a bill or other measure) before a legislative assembly.

    ‘the bill was accordingly read a second time’
    • ‘I move, That the Claims Settlement Bill be now read a second time.’
    • ‘The bill was read a second time and referred to the Grand Committee on Trade.’
    • ‘A party vote was called for on the question, That the Oaths Modernisation Bill be now read a first time.’
    • ‘I move, That the Wellington City Empowering and Amendment Bill be now read a second time.’
    • ‘A party vote was called for on the question, That the Aquaculture Reform Bill be now read a second time.’
    • ‘The bill being read a first time occurs after the vote on the first reading of the bill.’
    • ‘A personal vote was called for on the question, That the Death with Dignity Bill be now read a first time.’
    • ‘That has nothing to do with the question that this bill be read a first time.’
    • ‘A party vote was called for on the question, That the Families Commission Bill be now read a third time.’
    • ‘I move, That the New Zealand Council of Law Reporting Amendment Bill be now read a first time.’
  • 8Hear and understand the words of (someone speaking on a radio transmitter)

    ‘‘Do you read me? Over.’’
    • ‘Science fiction is not obsolete - do you read me?’
    • ‘Hello, Earth, Do You Read Me? How might the first intelligence from an extraterrestrial civilization be transmitted to earth?’

noun

British
  • 1[usually in singular] A period or act of reading something.

    ‘I was having a quiet read of the newspaper’
    • ‘This is a fascinating book and well worth a read, especially to anyone living in Japan.’
    • ‘As I was buying the drinks in the pub she had got it out and was having a read.’
    • ‘I've removed names but take a read… it's good to see the boys are keeping their spirits up.’
    • ‘It won't make any difference to what I write, but hey, you might be fooled long enough to have a read.’
    • ‘You may need to subscribe to see the survey but, if you do, it's well worth a read.’
    • ‘Have a read of the scholarly works on the conversion of the Franks and compare and contrast with Pol Pot.’
    • ‘It is much longer, so give it a read and tell me what you think.’
    • ‘I found a programme someone had dropped under my chair and had a read.’
    • ‘This review makes it sound worth a read, so that's yet another addition to my wishlist.’
    • ‘If you fancy having a go at this yourself, have a read of our full review’
    • ‘So, today would seem to be a good day for a literary quiz, but more a tiny read than a big read.’
    • ‘The newspaper published two other pieces connected to the visit that I thought were well worth a read.’
    • ‘It is well worth a read and many of the arguments here will be relevant to the Japanese situation too.’
    • ‘It is realistic in plot, characterisation and story line and is well worth a read.’
    • ‘We each had a read of the relevant paragraphs and had to agree that it actually summed him up quite well.’
    • ‘As often, Oliver raises some other uncomfortable questions - well worth a read.’
    • ‘McCullagh's unique perspective on the first day of Bell's trial is posted here, and well worth a read.’
    • ‘His views on charity are also interesting and certainly worth a read.’
    • ‘It's only out in hardback at the moment, which means it is a little expensive. But it's worth the read.’
    • ‘The book is thought provoking, sometimes challenging and well worth a read.’
    perusal, study, scan, scrutiny
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    1. 1.1informal [with adjective]A book considered in terms of its readability.
      ‘the book is a thoroughly entertaining read’
      • ‘Fitzgerald is one of hurling's most likeable characters and the book is an entertaining read.’
      • ‘The cards feature local Ilkley characters and their favourite reads, the book they are currently reading and the first book they read through choice.’
      • ‘Some books are okay reads after you have read everything else.’
      • ‘I pretty much had an extensive list going already, but I always like to hear what other people are reading and I was able to add some fun books to the suggested reads.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the wide variety within this collection makes it an enjoyable read.’
      • ‘It's an intoxicating read, and one which eventually develops a rhythm all its own.’
      • ‘It's a great read, only suffering from a severe lack of relevant illustrations.’
      • ‘And not only were these books wonderful reads, but the author's heart was always in the right place, with a special sympathy for the misfits and the emotionally wounded.’
      • ‘If the truth be told, many have not read it, claiming that they hardly see it as a beach read.’
      • ‘If that is the case, then he was wrong, for as an exploration of that war in its widest sense, it is a gripping read.’
      • ‘When one of the narrators in a novel is the ghost of a girl who fell to her death in a dumb waiter, you know it's not going to be an ordinary read.’
      • ‘I have recommended it to numerous people who have purchased it and agree that it is a staggering read!’
      • ‘Hard men making hard decisions is never going to make for an easy read.’
      • ‘The man is a catalyst for what happens in the story: I suspect that his own backstory would make for a gripping read.’
      • ‘Apart from being a splendid read, Finola O'Kane's study may prove a useful corrective to that.’
      • ‘Let's just say this funny, thoughtful, intelligent and crazy book is one of the best all-purpose reads of 2003.’
      • ‘It is about a Scot in London by a Scot and it was a great read.’
      • ‘Her spiky style and confident handling of the source material creates a book which is more of a literary event than a quiet read.’
      • ‘For a book of the life of a man for who not a lot happened, it is a compelling read.’
      • ‘Yet this subculture is engrossing enough to make this scholarly book a pretty good read.’
    2. 1.2US A person's interpretation of something.
      ‘their read on the national situation may be correct’
      • ‘Tone and direction oscillate several times, making it hard to get a read on the series.’
      • ‘You never quite get a read on who's being fake and who's being real.’
      • ‘My read of the story tells me that this man is easily offended and a persistent complainer.’
      • ‘We watched for about twenty minutes trying to get a read on what the skies were doing.’
      • ‘I just need some help parsing out the signals, trying to get a clear read on this situation.’
      • ‘He hasn't had enough appearances this season to get a good read on his bat speed.’
      • ‘When he tried to get a read on my head I invited him to take his shopping elsewhere.’
      • ‘It seems that maybe they did have a good read on the will of the people after all.’
      • ‘If we had inspectors in the country we could keep at least a limited read on what sort of progress he was making.’
      • ‘Tomorrow night, our Paula Zahn will try to get a read on the undecided voters in that state.’

Phrases

  • read between the lines

    • Look for or discover a meaning that is implied rather than explicitly stated.

      ‘reading between the lines, I think Clare needs money’
      • ‘However, reading between the lines, one can discover criticism of army doctors and the army authorities in general, who above all wanted to maintain discipline and return soldiers to the battlefield.’
      • ‘Even so, one must read between the lines to discover the full impact on her of the long joyless union with Thomas.’
      • ‘He does not have to say what he means literally - he reads between the lines and so should you!’
      • ‘Her entry into undergraduate life hasn't been entirely easy; my reading between the lines of her anecdotes suggests one or two of her lecturers haven't responded well to the polite but complex questions she asks in class.’
      • ‘I just assumed readers would read between the lines.’
      • ‘The interpreter reads between the lines of total and, partial knowledge, ever open to deeper understanding as it unfurls between them.’
      • ‘Instead, managers must learn to read between the lines or interpret subtle hints that a problem has developed.’
      • ‘One rather gathers, reading between the lines, that he dismissed Piggy as a fool.’
      • ‘Under Stalin, and after, Soviet newspapers tended to exhort rather than inform, but perceptive readers could read between the lines.’
      • ‘But increasingly we prisoners of war sensed, from our captors' demeanor and reading between the lines of propaganda broadcasts, a sinister force surfacing.’
      infer from, interpolate from, assume from, attribute to
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  • read someone like a book

    • Understand someone's thoughts and motives easily.

      • ‘He is the only person who understands me and can read me like a book without having to turn to page one.’
      • ‘Some of those have crowed before that they can read me like a book, that they're great with people and can get to the root of any problem.’
      • ‘I had to answer no, whilst wildly panicking that I could be read like a book -.’
      • ‘His mother - and she could read him like a book - had driven him to the barracks gates just seven hours earlier.’
      • ‘I know you higher-ups like to hide that sort of thing from us, but I can read you like a book, sir.’
      • ‘How great it is to have a best friend who reads you like a book.’
      • ‘I never conferred with Alison about Faye so she left alone, however Amy could read me like a book and whenever I was feeling down she'd guess it.’
      • ‘He stared at her, his piercing, penetrating gaze shooting right through her, reading her like a book.’
      • ‘Then again, he had known me my whole life and he could read me like a book, what I was feeling, and what I was thinking.’
      • ‘You keep forgetting, we can read you like a book.’
      not be deceived by, not be taken in by, be wise to, get the measure of, have the measure of, read like a book, fathom, penetrate, realize, understand
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  • read someone's mind (or thoughts)

    • Discern what someone is thinking.

      ‘he nodded, as though he could read her mind and approved of her attitude’
      • ‘Ms Lauren reads my mind and posts questions on a topic I've been thinking about recently, snobbery.’
      • ‘When I ask him what sparked his needle-picking mission, he reads my mind.’
      • ‘But I hate him because he always seems to be reading my mind and telling me what I think of myself.’
      • ‘You think of a number, the computer reads your mind and guesses the number.’
      • ‘As if reading my mind, Rafael rises from the conference table and says, ‘I swear I don't have a mistress in Beijing.’’
      • ‘It was like he was reading my mind and playing it back so I have to think it was a dream.’
      • ‘Anyone claiming to be a mind reader has definitely not read my mind correctly on this one.’
      • ‘No, she doesn't have eyes in the back of her head, but she could be reading your mind.’
      • ‘A paralysed man in the US has become the first person to benefit from a brain chip that reads his mind.’
      • ‘For perhaps, even as you may be watching a feat performed by a magician, he can be reading your mind.’
  • read my lips

    • informal Listen carefully (used to emphasize the importance of the speaker's words)

      ‘forget about him—read my lips, he wasn't worth it’
      • ‘David's taking off for Australia this Saturday, and we - read my lips - have NO MORE PHILOSOPHY CLASSES.’
      • ‘Mr. President, in all due respect, Mr. President, read my lips: Our vote is not for sale.’
      • ‘Hey read my lips,’ I said pointing to myself, ‘Friends.’’
      • ‘Where are the headlines that says, you know, read my lips, no more surplus?’
      • ‘It imposes no more cost - read my lips, no more cost - on employers.’
      • ‘And anyway you say ‘the guys’ as though you are all great friends, stop, look at me and read my lips!’
  • take something as read

    • see read
      • ‘I took it as read that she, like everyone else round here, must be a true-blue Democrat.’
      presume, suppose, take it, take for granted, take as read, take it as given, presuppose, conjecture, surmise, conclude, come to the conclusion, deduce, infer, draw the inference, reckon, reason, guess, imagine, think, fancy, suspect, expect, accept, believe, be of the opinion, understand, be given to understand, gather, glean
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    • Assume something without the need for further discussion.

      ‘you can take it as read that you have the contract’
      • ‘It should be taken as read that the software used is capable of finding and correctly identifying any viruses that you may have.’
      • ‘The green issue should now be taken as read.’
      presuppose, take for granted, presume, assume, take it, suppose, surmise, think, accept, consider, postulate, posit
      assume, suppose, dare say, imagine, take it, expect, believe, think, surmise, guess, judge, trust, conjecture, speculate, postulate, posit, hypothesize, deduce, divine, infer, conclude, presuppose, take for granted, take as read
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  • you wouldn't read about it

    • informal Used to express incredulity, disgust, or ruefulness.

      • ‘YOU wouldn't read about the problems this bumbling TV host has had settling into the job.’
      • ‘Beryl's had so many lives you wouldn't read about it.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • read something into

    • Attribute a meaning or significance to (something) that it may not in fact possess.

      ‘was I reading too much into his behaviour?’
      • ‘The plot behind the film is very thought provoking if you start reading the religious implications into it.’
      • ‘Others were less gloomy, reading a cheering message into the fact that cricket was played at all.’
      • ‘That's not going to stop me reading morals into it though.’
      • ‘I can remember becoming so paranoid that I was reading signs into everything.’
      • ‘I'm not claiming that; they're simply reading things into my argument that are not there.’
      • ‘She told officers that was why he went on TV and that he told her: ‘The press are just reading things into it.’’
      • ‘I think that too much fact can be read into fiction.’
      • ‘Please, that is really reading a lot into something that is not that significant.’
      • ‘Plenty of people seem to be reading a lot into the Swedish rejection of the single currency.’
      • ‘It might be argued that it is far-fetched to read such significance into a political speech and a generalised endorsement of that by a linked organisation.’
      infer from, interpolate from, assume from, attribute to
      read between the lines, get hold of the wrong end of the stick
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  • read someone out of

    • Formally expel someone from (an organization)

      ‘a lot of people got read out of the churches’
      • ‘I am saying that younger Catholics continue to pack their faith on journeys to uncharted cultural and spiritual territories, and that we might wait before reading them out of the congregation.’
      • ‘We cannot read them out of the definition, can we?’
      • ‘Insurgents Denounce Attempt to Read Them Out of Party as Unfair and Malicious.’
      • ‘Young man, who are you, and by what right do you think you can read me out of the church.’
      • ‘Some African Americans treated him as badly as Islamic fundamentalists treated Salman Rushdie, pretty much calling him a traitor and a heretic and reading him out of the race.’
      • ‘You and everybody else were reading me out of this.’
  • read up on something (or read something up)

    • Acquire information about a particular subject by studying it intensively.

      ‘she spent the time reading up on antenatal care’
      • ‘You can get all of the information here, so go read up on it and sign up!’
      • ‘What you need to do is to get in the right frame of mind by reading up on the subject.’
      • ‘I suggest that you read up on this subject, Joan.’
      • ‘Before taking it, I insist on reading up on the subject.’
      • ‘At the pre-natal stage both parents should read up on the subject and have a fair idea of what to expect once the child arrives.’
      • ‘That's right, I was reading up on a study done there.’
      • ‘Minutes earlier he had made reference to ‘some journalists ‘who take the time to read up on their subjects.’’
      • ‘With the grand opening of Hong Kong Disneyland, people must want to read up on the subject.’
      • ‘Well, I see you've been reading up on the subject.’
      • ‘He wants parents to discuss drug issues with their children and read up on the subject before a swab sample is suggested.’
      study, get up
      bone up on
      mug up on, swot
      con
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Origin

Old English rǣdan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch raden and German raten advise, guess. Early senses included ‘advise’ and ‘interpret (a riddle or dream’) (see rede).

Pronunciation:

read

/riːd/