A father reads to his children.
- The definition of read is to use eyes or fingers to figure out what letters or other symbols mean.
- An example of read is looking at the words in a book and knowing what they mean.
- An example of read is for a blind person to use their fingers to touch the Braille characters to understand their meaning.
- Read is defined as interpret what a person is saying by looking at their lips, understand as if by reading, or to predict.
- An example of read is when a deaf person looks at a person's lips to understand what they're saying; to read lips.
- An example of read is when a friend knows exactly what their friend is thinking; read the friend's mind.
- An example of read is being able to tell what's going to happen in the future; read the future.
transitive verb, read′ing
- to get the meaning of (something written, printed, embossed, etc.) by using the eyes, or for Braille, the finger tips, to interpret its characters or signs
- to utter aloud (printed or written matter)
- to interpret movements of (the lips of a person speaking)
- to know (a language) well enough to interpret its written form
- to understand the nature, significance, or thinking of as if by reading: to read a person's character in her face, to read someone's mind
- to ascribe (an underlying meaning or significance) to: with into: don't read anything into his straightforward reply
- to interpret (signals, etc.)
- to interpret (dreams, omens, tea leaves, lines in the palm of a hand, etc.)
- to foretell (the future)
- to interpret or understand (a printed passage) as having a particular meaning
- to interpret (a musical composition) in a particular way, as in conducting
- to have or give as a reading in a certain passage: this edition reads “show,” not “shew”
- Brit. to study, as at a university; esp., to major in: to read law
- to record and show; register: the thermometer reads 80°
- to put into a (specified) state by reading: to read a child to sleep
- Slang to hear and understand: I read you loud and clear
- Comput. to access (data or a file) from (a disk, tape, etc.)
Origin of readMiddle English reden, to explain, hence to read from Old English rædan, to counsel, interpret; akin to German raten, to counsel, advise from Indo-European an unverified form r?-dh, an unverified form r?-dh from base an unverified form ar-, an unverified form (a)r?-, to join, fit from source art, arm, Classical Latin reri, to think, ratio, a reckoning
- to read something written, printed, etc., as words, music, books, etc.
- to utter or repeat aloud the words of written or printed matter
- to learn by reading: with about or of
- to study
- to have or give a particular meaning when read: a poem that reads several ways
- to contain, or be drawn up in, certain words: the sentence reads as follows
- to admit of being read as specified: a story that reads well
- an act of reading: a quick read of the headlines
- something for reading: a novel that's a good read
- Chiefly Brit. a period of time spent reading
read out of
read someone a lecture
read up (on)
verbread, read·ing, reads
- To examine and grasp the meaning of (written or printed characters, words, or sentences).
- To utter or render aloud (written or printed material): read poems to the students.
- To have the ability to examine and grasp the meaning of (written or printed material in a given language or notation): reads Chinese; reads music.
- a. To examine and grasp the meaning of (language in a form other than written or printed characters, words, or sentences): reading Braille; reading sign language.b. To examine and grasp the meaning of (a graphic representation): reading a map.
- a. To discern and interpret the nature or significance of through close examination or sensitive observation: The tracker read the trail for signs of game.b. To discern or anticipate through examination or observation; descry: “I can read abandonment in a broken door or shattered window” ( William H. Gass )
- To determine the intent or mood of: can read your mind like a book; a hard person to read.
- a. To attribute a certain interpretation or meaning to: read her words differently than I did.b. To consider (something written or printed) as having a particular meaning or significance: read the novel as a parable.
- To foretell or predict (the future).
- To receive or comprehend (a radio message, for example): I read you loud and clear.
- To study or make a study of: read history as an undergraduate.
- To learn or get knowledge of from something written or printed: read that interest rates would continue to rise.
- To proofread.
- To have or use as a preferred reading in a particular passage: For change read charge.
- To indicate, register, or show: The dial reads 32°.
- Computers To obtain (data) from a storage medium, such as an optical disc.
- Genetics To decode or translate (a sequence of messenger RNA) into an amino acid sequence in a polypeptide chain.
- To examine and grasp the meaning of printed or written characters, as of words or music.
- To speak aloud the words that one is reading: read to the children every night.
- To learn by reading: read about the storm in the paper today.
- To study.
- To have a particular wording: Recite the poem exactly as it reads.
- To contain a specific meaning: As the law reads, the defendant is guilty.
- To indicate, register, or show a measurement or figure: How does your new watch read?
- To have a specified character or quality for the reader: Your poems read well.
- Something that is read: “The book is a page-turner as well as a very satisfying read” ( Frank Conroy )
- An interpretation or assessment: gave us her read of the political situation.
Origin of readMiddle English reden from Old English rǣdan to advise ; see ar- in Indo-European roots.Word History: English is the one of the few western European languages that does not derive its verb for “to read” from Latin legere. Compare, for example, leggere in Italian, lire in French, and lesen in German. (Equally surprising is the fact that English is the only western European language not to derive its verb for “to write” from Latin scrībere.) Read comes from the Old English verb rǣdan, “to advise, interpret (something difficult), interpret (something written), read.” Rǣdan is related to the German verb raten, “to advise” (as in Rathaus, “town hall”). The Old English noun rǣd, “counsel,” survives in the rare noun rede, “counsel, advice” and in the name of the unfortunate King Ethelred the Unready, whose epithet is often misunderstood. Unready here does not have its current sense “unprepared”; it is a late 16th-century spelling of an earlier unredy, “ill-advised, rash, foolish,” from rede.
(third-person singular simple present reads, present participle reading, simple past read, past participle read or (archaic or dialect) readen)
- (intransitive) To look at and interpret letters or other information that is written.
- have you read this book?; he doesn't like to read
- (intransitive) To speak aloud words or other information that is written. Often construed with a to phrase or an indirect object.
- He read us a passage from his new book.
- All right, class, who wants to read next?
- To interpret or infer a meaning, significance, thought, intention, etc.
- She read my mind and promptly rose to get me a glass of water.
- I can read his feelings in his face.
- To consist of certain text.
- On the door hung a sign that read "No admittance".
- The passage reads differently in the earlier manuscripts.
- (intransitive) Of text, etc., to be interpreted or read in a particular way.
- Arabic reads right to left.
- That sentence reads strangely.
- To substitute (a corrected piece of text in place of an erroneous one); used to introduce an emendation of a text.
- (informal, usually ironic) Used after a euphemism to introduce the intended, more blunt meaning of a term.
- (telecommunications) To be able to hear what another person is saying over a radio connection.
- Do you read me?
- (UK) To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.
- I am reading theology at university.
- (computing) To fetch data from (a storage medium, etc.).
- to read a hard disk; to read a port; to read the keyboard
- (transgenderism) To recognise (someone) as being transgender.
- Every time I go outside, I worry that someone will read me.
- Simple past tense and past participle of read.
- When "read" is used transitively with an author's name as the object, it generally means "to look at writing(s) by (the specified person)" (rather than "to recognise (the specified person) as transgender"). Example: "I am going to read Milton before I read His Dark Materials, so I know what His Dark Materials is responding to."
- A reading or an act of reading, especially an actor's part of a play.
From Middle English reden, from Old English rÇ£dan (“to counsel, advise, consult; interpret, read"), from Proto-Germanic *rÄ“danÄ… (“advise, counsel"). Cognate with Scots rede, red (“to advise, counsel, decipher, read"), Saterland Frisian rÃ¤ide (“to advise, counsel"), West Frisian riede (“to advise, counsel"), Dutch raden (“to advise, counsel, rede"), German raten (“to advise; guess"), Danish rÃ¥de (“to advise"), Swedish rÃ¥da (“to advise, counsel"). The development from "˜advise, interpret' to "˜interpret letters, read' is unique to English. Compare rede.
read - Computer Definition
To input into the computer from a peripheral device (keyboard, mouse, disk, etc.) or the network. Like reading a book or playing a DVD, reading does not destroy what is read. The term also refers to accessing the contents of memory. Every Read Is Also a Write Every transfer of data is a "read" from one location and a "write" to another. Reading a sector in a hard drive means writing that data into memory. When data are copied from one memory area to another, the data are "read out of" one section of RAM and "written into" another part. See write and read/write.