Synonyms of read in English:


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1‘he sat reading the evening newspaper’


peruse, study, scrutinize, look through

pore over, devour, be absorbed in, bury oneself in

wade through, plough through

run one's eye over, cast an eye over, leaf through, scan, glance through, flick through, skim through, thumb through, flip through, browse through, dip into

archaic con

2‘‘Listen to this,’ he said and read a passage of the letter’


read out, read aloud, say aloud, recite, declaim

3‘I can't read my own writing’


decipher, make out, make sense of, interpret, understand, comprehend

4‘his remark could be read as a dig at Forsyth’


interpret, take, take to mean, construe, see, explain, understand

5‘the thermometer read 0°C’


indicate, register, record, display, show, have as a reading, measure

6‘I can't read your future, you know’


foresee, predict, forecast, foretell, prophesy, divine, prognosticate

archaic augur, presage

7‘he went on to read modern history at Oxford’


study, do, take

NZ Australian North American major in


1‘I settled down for a read of ‘The Irish Press’’


perusal, study, scan, scrutiny

look, look at, browse, browse through, glance, glance through, leaf, leaf through, flick, flick through, skim, skim through


    read something into something

      ‘officials cautioned against reading too much into the statistics’


      infer from, interpolate from, assume from, attribute to

      read between the lines, get hold of the wrong end of the stick

    read someone the riot act

      ‘they read me the riot act on fighting and grounded me’


      reprimand, rebuke, scold, admonish, reprove, upbraid, chastise, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, berate, lecture, criticize, take to task, give a piece of one's mind to, haul over the coals


      tell off, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, bawl out, pitch into, lay into, lace into, blow up at, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking

      British informal

      have a go at, carpet, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, let someone have it

      North American informal

      chew out, ream out

      British vulgar slang

      bollock, give someone a bollocking

    read up on

      ‘Chris had read up on this particular method of teaching children to write’


      study, get up


      bone up on

      British informal

      mug up on, swot



    take as read

      ‘it is taken as read that our products must be good’


      presuppose, take for granted, presume, assume, take it, suppose, surmise, think, accept, consider, postulate, posit