Definition of well read in English:

well read


  • (of a person) knowledgeable and informed as a result of extensive reading.

    ‘Ada was well read in French and German literature’
    • ‘He was neither a wit nor a brilliant raconteur, neither well-read nor well-educated, and he made no great contribution to enlightened social converse.’
    • ‘James had nothing against intelligent, well-read women, but her views were so radical, he was put off immediately she began spouting them.’
    • ‘I sit next to the quickest, the brightest, most well-read, most entertaining, most brilliant man.’
    • ‘Nothing is known of her education, though she was clearly well-read by the time she made the acquaintance of one of the Cambridge Platonists, Henry More.’
    • ‘I've met people even more well-read than I am.’
    • ‘I am not a experienced researcher in this field nor am I particularly well-read on this issue but I can see both sides.’
    • ‘During that interview, and during some other chats one had with him in Mumbai, he appeared to be a cultured, well-read and imaginative young man.’
    • ‘She was young and beautiful, well-read and accomplished.’
    • ‘In fact, it's common to run across well-read people who no longer read any new literary fiction at all.’
    • ‘The Jones's wanted their daughter to be well-read in the European tradition of Shakespeare, Milton, and other major novelists and poets.’
    • ‘He was a very distinguished scholar and philosopher in his heyday - extremely well-read and articulate.’
    • ‘It has been said that plenty of intelligent, well-read people read and write fanfiction.’
    • ‘We can discern in his letters an intelligent, well-read man who had strong, almost violent opinions.’
    • ‘Further, some familiar notions are communicated from a fresh viewpoint, which may be of benefit even to well-read players.’
    • ‘And I did want him to meet them because they're smart, complicated, politically aware, well-read, funny people.’
    • ‘Instead, the text is largely a reiteration of what any well-read designer already knows.’
    • ‘Old-school birthing is back in style, with well-read women forsaking obstetricians for midwives and epidurals for warm baths.’
    • ‘The creeping influence of literature is probably unavoidable, since screenwriters, as a group, are such a well-read lot.’
    • ‘He is a policy wonk to his core, more well-read in policy ideas than almost any of his colleagues or predecessors.’
    • ‘I'm the least well-read of this entire company.’
    well versed in, widely read
    erudite, scholarly, literate, educated, cultured, literary, bookish, studious
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