Main definitions of reading in English

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reading1

noun

  • 1The action or skill of reading written or printed matter silently or aloud.

    ‘the reading of a will’
    ‘suggestions for further reading’
    as modifier ‘reading skills’
    ‘a cursory reading of the minutes’
    • ‘The test covers the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.’
    • ‘The perception of irony reveals the gap between narrative memory and linear reading.’
    • ‘His reading and writing skills have also dramatically changed.’
    • ‘A child with a learning disability may have goals in the areas of improving reading and math skills.’
    • ‘As an academic I would argue that reading is one of the most basic skills needed to achieve academically.’
    • ‘This will be followed rapidly by early reading and counting skills.’
    • ‘The acquisition of reading and writing skills was a socially selective process.’
    • ‘Tutored children were assessed on several measures of basic reading and spelling skills.’
    • ‘Something else Seamus discovered was the lack of basic reading and writing skills among the prison population.’
    • ‘This necessitates somewhat cursory reading at times and I don't catch everything.’
    • ‘And did you find that your reading and writing skills improved once you came here?’
    • ‘Like many of their colleagues, they say the centre has greatly improved their reading and writing skills.’
    • ‘One in ten pupils are leaving school in the Blackburn and Darwen area without basic reading and writing skills.’
    • ‘More than just reading skills are impaired, you can count on it.’
    • ‘He has courageously promised to drive up student test scores in core skills such as reading and math.’
    • ‘It seems that the brain takes sides in promoting the skills necessary for proficient reading.’
    • ‘Paired reading can improve language skills as well as help motivate students to read on their own.’
    • ‘The teens were hampered by poor reading and research skills and were more prone to leave a site after encountering difficulties.’
    • ‘And reading is a skill just like playing tennis, or playing rugby or playing the piano.’
    • ‘A country of ten-year-olds should concentrate on their reading and comprehension skills.’
    perusal, study, scan, scanning, scrutiny
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    1. 1.1 Written or printed matter that can be read.
      ‘his main reading was detective stories’
      ‘his file certainly makes interesting reading’
      • ‘Early works covering Norfolk ornithology make fascinating reading.’
      • ‘This makes fascinating reading, at least for a biologist like myself with a different specialisation from theirs.’
      • ‘Maybe their map reading or compass reading is not very good.’
      • ‘To promote the transition from dictionary articles to such further reading is no mean achievement.’
      • ‘The diary entries and letters in this collection make for fascinating reading.’
      • ‘The music is exhilaratingly presented; detailed liner notes make excellent reading.’
      • ‘Personal insults aside, it makes for fascinating reading - do peruse it, if you've got time.’
      • ‘A quick trawl through the record books makes depressing reading.’
      • ‘Other people do, and sometimes they make fascinating reading.’
      • ‘This fine set of essays is very good reading as we head into the presidential elections.’
      • ‘In fact, most of the letters make depressing reading, so I'll move on!’
      • ‘Your CV on the Department of Education's website makes for fascinating reading.’
      • ‘He can read only functional reading, he can read train stops, things like that.’
      • ‘Coursework aims at the development of technical and conceptual skills through readings, homework, group projects, and lectures.’
      • ‘Also on that page is some fascinating reading about how earthquakes prove that the Earth is hollow.’
      • ‘These full accounts of her extraordinary career make fascinating and inspiring reading.’
      • ‘An outsider's account of the machinations involved makes fascinating reading.’
      • ‘These biographies make fascinating reading filled with personal memories.’
      • ‘His books are not easy reading; he saw writing as a form of action, paragraphs as a hail of bullets.’
      • ‘It's not like they're books someone would normally want to read for light reading!’
    2. 1.2usually with adjective Knowledge of literature.
      ‘a man of wide reading’
      • ‘Much of what Orme tells us is familiar, though he brings the fruits of very wide reading to enrich the discourse.’
      • ‘Yet it is no surprise that the man who emerges in these pages should be so broadly intelligent, with a wide reading and knowledge of the arts.’
      • ‘His book is based on wide reading, numerous interviews, and extensive archival research.’
      • ‘He combines this collective biography with extensive reading of the popular literature.’
      • ‘It is very very uncommon for me to be in the company of people who seem to be educated and who have knowledge due to their reading and gatherings.’
      • ‘The role of wide reading and the centrality of LITERATURE in language development were also emphasized.’
      • ‘The book is peppered with numerous brief illustrations drawn from the author's experience and wide reading.’
      • ‘This notion he argues with great verve, based on extensive reading in original literature.’
      • ‘Caldwell's book is based on wide reading, but I did note a few errors.’
      • ‘Flanagan supplemented his history classes at high school with a considerable amount of wide reading.’
      • ‘By avid reading of the literature, I already knew half of the material, so I excelled.’
      • ‘Inevitably this book is a work of synthesis based on wide reading in secondary sources.’
      • ‘These are the fruit of her intense and wide reading in primary literature.’
      • ‘This is a very good book, in which Mr Ackroyd deploys his enormously wide reading to great effect.’
      • ‘It is my firm belief, based on experience and fairly wide reading, that they are wrong.’
      • ‘Their thinking cannot be based on wide reading or a deep and sustained engagement with issues.’
      learning, book learning, scholarship, education, erudition, knowledge, knowledge of literature
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  • 2An occasion at which poetry or other pieces of literature are read aloud to an audience.

    • ‘They also gained wider audiences through public readings in both poetry and prose.’
    • ‘One of the reasons his novel had been such a hit was because he had appeared at several readings during Jewish Book Month.’
    • ‘Poetry readings cannot help being a little self-conscious, and the audience's guffaws seemed a rather apt reflection upon the event.’
    • ‘She was an accomplished reader of her own verse, and found a new young audience at the poetry readings which flourished in the 1960s.’
    • ‘But over the past twenty years there has been a fundamental change in the role poetry readings play in literary culture.’
    • ‘My best friend Larry and I were attending weekly open mic poetry readings at one of the local watering holes.’
    • ‘Hence, perhaps, her later insistence on singing to the captive audiences at her poetry readings.’
    • ‘One afternoon was filled with poetry readings, theatrical performances and dance numbers.’
    • ‘The scholarship provides free entry to all lectures, poetry readings, exhibitions and concerts during the week of the Summer School.’
    • ‘Kathleen Jamie is the latest in a line of present-day poets who are attracting large audiences to the Grasmere readings.’
    • ‘These include poetry readings, concerts of romantic music, films, street theatre and special masses at St Valentine's church for engaged couples and wedding anniversaries.’
    • ‘All fifteen will then read from their work at an open public reading at 3pm.’
    • ‘As in most areas of show business, the audience for readings is as important as the performer.’
    • ‘There were other events there on the weekdays, such as poetry readings and open mic nights.’
    • ‘As a result, the museum decided to improve amenities such as the store and restaurant, and to host events including poetry readings, recitals, and concerts.’
    • ‘They assured us we had caused no problem and continued to tell us about their open-mic nights for poetry readings every Monday.’
    • ‘The poetry readings, lunchtime concerts, museum exhibits and jam sessions add to this week of swing in the spring.’
    • ‘Have you ever gotten up in front of a crowd for anything like karaoke, poetry readings, or open-mic stand-up comedy?’
    • ‘A collection of poetry readings read to a background of traditional Irish airs and classical music was launched in Sligo last week.’
    • ‘Other events will include a Victorian picnic cricket match, concerts and poetry readings, horse-drawn carriage rides, guided walks and a rowing club regatta.’
    • ‘When I do a public reading I often swap words around from how they appear on the page.’
    • ‘We arrived in Manhattan two days before the ceremony for some readings and other promotional appearances.’
    • ‘The singer showed off the book's colourful illustrations to the youngsters, but ended her reading after five minutes.’
    • ‘These stories cast an enduring spell on Clarke, who will appear in Seattle for two readings this week.’
    1. 2.1 A piece of literature or passage of scripture read aloud to a group of people.
      ‘readings from the Bible’
      • ‘After the Gospel is read, the priest delivers a homily based on the Scripture readings.’
      • ‘Both will respond to activities such as poetry read aloud, choral readings with repetitious phrasing, and intentional changes of voice.’
      • ‘Fr. Walsh also spoke of the high regard in which she was held within the family circle and this was clearly reflected in the readings at Mass by her young relatives.’
      • ‘There are many ways, but today let's focus on two, both of which are related to the Scripture readings we will hear at Mass.’
      • ‘I have often read these words from my book at public readings, but now I am no longer the author reading them.’
      • ‘This week's scripture readings clearly chart the Epiphany theme, that of Jesus drawing all of humanity into a living relationship with God.’
      • ‘Over the next hour or so, speeches and waiata, a reading and another prayer revisit the same themes.’
      • ‘This makes the course particularly appropriate for people who do the Scripture readings in their local church.’
      • ‘In addition to the seven devotions, the CD has Scripture readings, prayers, hymns and church information.’
      • ‘The combined choirs will sing the traditional carols of the Christmas season and in addition there will be readings from Sacred Scripture.’
      • ‘There the famous chants are sung, interspersed with Scripture readings and periods of silence.’
      • ‘Each service includes short scripture readings, petitions regarding mourning, suggestions for reflection, and room for journaling.’
      • ‘Services could include requested pieces of music, readings or poetry, and range from being simple, quiet affairs to New Orleans-style funerals complete with jazz band.’
      • ‘Ken and Mary recited the readings from scripture with real feeling.’
      • ‘In this short reading, Dempster read five of his poems from his recent book.’
      • ‘This story never appears in our church's assigned cycle of Sunday readings.’
      • ‘After breakfast, there are readings of scripture and meditation and after that each embarks on the chore which he has been given responsibility for.’
      • ‘Today, I need to put aside the Scripture readings appointed for today.’
      • ‘There was seven weeks of Scripture readings and the children showed a genuine interest and appreciation towards the course.’
      • ‘This year's service was without a sermon, but the prayers and scripture readings provided all the spiritual inspiration required.’
      passage, lesson
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  • 3An interpretation.

    ‘feminist readings of Goethe’
    ‘his reading of the situation was justified’
    • ‘Perhaps readers will disagree with the Professor's comparative reading.’
    • ‘McLeish believes it is the combination of strength, skill and also his reading of the game which makes him so difficult to play against.’
    • ‘I do not wish to suggest that our reading of these narratives can be closed or definitive.’
    • ‘However, I also think that a careful reading of the document shows the bishops were not saying this.’
    • ‘That view is a tendentious reading of the legal materials, as a quick glance at Article I reveals.’
    • ‘Also, a naive reading would imagine that this knowledge on the fringe is the easiest to change.’
    • ‘It also means that everyone's experience of the book will be different - the order in which the stories are read will change readings of the book as a whole significantly.’
    • ‘A more literal reading relates us directly to the pattern of the cosmos, with its insistence on the separation of categories.’
    • ‘An honest reading of the document shows that the Vatican is simply banning gays.’
    • ‘That's an utterly inaccurate reading of the great documents of the founding of this nation.’
    • ‘He isn't as fast as Cole, but has tremendous skill and reading of the game.’
    • ‘In Nina's case, however, a literal reading would have given any security man grounds for anxiety.’
    • ‘So this will hopefully prepare for a more sympathetic reading of the translated article below.’
    • ‘This is a pure absurdity, as any fair reading of the pages we have devoted to such matters can demonstrate.’
    • ‘Some people sneer at a metaphorical reading of scripture and Tolkien himself was opposed to allegory as a rhetorical form.’
    • ‘It won't be a perfect fit, any more than modern feminist readings of the Bible are a perfect fit, but it will do for the time being.’
    • ‘How your own perceptions color your reading of those comments may be another story.’
    • ‘A close reading of the document suggests, however, that the threat has been exaggerated.’
    • ‘The article gives an intriguing and powerfully written reading of the ironic positioning of such films.’
    • ‘On an absolutely literal reading, your Lordships' liberty to apply does not apply to past expenses if there are future expenses.’
    interpretation, construal, understanding, account, explanation, analysis, construction
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  • 4A figure or amount shown by a meter or other measuring instrument.

    ‘radiation readings were taken every hour’
    • ‘You are told to beware of persons coming to your house under the pretext of selling or repairing things, conducting meter readings, etc.’
    • ‘The bottom figure, the diastolic reading, is the pressure when your heart is filling (diastole).’
    • ‘To reduce measurement error, this instrument takes three readings and computes an average.’
    • ‘We will also be offering to provide quarterly meter readings.’
    • ‘If there is a large discrepancy between the water meter readings and the amount of water shown on the bill, a specialist is sent to investigate the problem.’
    • ‘Even frequent meter readings provided information about energy use after the fact, not allowing actions to be taken to reduce energy use or energy demand.’
    • ‘Knob positions and meter readings are easily seen from a distance.’
    • ‘He appeared to be drunk and a breath test gave a reading of 125 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.’
    • ‘Fig. 11 indicated that the clip gauge transducer produced a linear relationship between the diameter change and the strain meter readings.’
    • ‘The variant readings have been reduced to seven, each of which is regarded as equally valid.’
    • ‘Lavelle gave a blood sample at the scene which gave a reading of 188.The legal limit is 80.’
    • ‘It is evident from different reports that many of the meters are giving erratic readings.’
    • ‘The readings we measure therefore reflect upper torso movement.’
    • ‘The instant new information is entered, the appropriate dashboard readings are updated companywide.’
    • ‘There will still be a 10-15 per cent variation between readings on meters and lab values.’
    • ‘The data to be traded includes numerical instrument readings, high-resolution x-rays, and audio/video discussions.’
    • ‘It had been a year, and the meters were giving normal readings across the board for air quality and temperature.’
    • ‘Whichever type of thermometer you choose, be sure you know how to use it correctly to get an accurate reading.’
    • ‘This appears to be the message from the first opinion poll readings since hostilities broke out.’
    • ‘Distances still refer to yards or miles, weights are in pounds and ounces, and temperature readings are in Fahrenheit.’
    record, figure, indication, read-out, display, measurement
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  • 5A stage of debate in parliament through which a Bill must pass before it can become law.

    ‘the Bill returns to the House for its final reading next week’
    • ‘I have not spoken during the previous readings of the bill, because I wanted to hear all sides and to come to a considered decision.’
    • ‘Come the final readings of these bills, the Government flip-flops.’
    • ‘Indeed, only a provision of the rules which interprets an abstention as a vote in favour in the event of a tie saw the bill past its final reading.’
    • ‘This bill still awaits the final reading and approval by Parliament.’
    • ‘Parliament approved their final reading on April 3 after much controversy.’
    • ‘The Green Party supports this bill and will do so through to the final reading.’
    • ‘I am happy to be here to support the third reading of this bill.’
    • ‘It is with pleasure that I stand in the House to speak to the final reading of this bill.’
    • ‘Tung's sudden change of position came after the business-oriented Liberal Party refused to back the bill's final readings at the legislature Wednesday.’
    • ‘If MPs approve the bill at its third and final reading in Parliament next week it will be passed for Royal Assent and become law.’
    • ‘Heavyweight hitters went down swinging against federal Bill C - 2, which had its final readings in the Senate this week.’
    • ‘He said he expects the Bill to have a bumpy ride as it goes through further readings and committee stages.’
    • ‘The bylaw passed three readings and needs final adoption by council in likely a couple of weeks before becoming enforceable.’
    • ‘All the ministers, as well as the Financial Secretary, spoke in supporting the need for the bill, which received its three readings and finally passed unopposed.’
    • ‘It must pass two more readings in coming weeks before it is final.’
    • ‘Once that has been done, council can choose to add the smoke-free question to the fall election ballot instead of passing the bylaw on final readings.’
    • ‘Rather than go through lengthy readings and committee stages, the laws would be a voted on in both houses of parliament after a 90-minute debate.’
    • ‘On Friday, the Hong Kong Bar Association said it deplores any decision to resume the final readings of the bill next Wednesday.’
    • ‘By 316 votes to 311, the government's education bill passed its second reading in parliament.’
    • ‘Mr Robson's bill passed its first reading in Parliament 78 votes to 41.’

Pronunciation

reading

/ˈridɪŋ//ˈrēdiNG/

Main definitions of reading in English

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Reading2

proper noun

  • 1A town in southern England, on the Kennet River near its junction with the Thames River; population 142,300 (est. 2009)

  • 2An industrial and commercial city in southeastern Pennsylvania, on the Schuylkill River; population 80,506 (est. 2008)

Pronunciation

Reading

/ˈrɛdɪŋ//ˈrediNG/