- Reading is written or printed material that can be looked at and understood.
An example of reading is books or magazines.
- Reading is the act of looking at printed words and understanding or comprehending what they are saying, or the act of saying those words out loud or of interpreting those words.
- An example of reading is when you look at a book and the words in it and understand the story.
- An example of reading is when you say the words of a book out loud.
- An example of reading is when you interpret a book or a situation and give your opinion on it.
A man reading a newspaper.
- inclined to read or study
- made or used for reading
- the act or practice of a person who reads; perusal, as of books
- a public entertainment at which literary material is read aloud
- the extent to which a person has read
- material read or meant to be read
- the amount measured as by a barometer or thermometer
- the form of a specified word, sentence, or passage in a particular edition of a literary work
- a particular interpretation or performance, as of something written or composed
- city in SC England; county seat of Berkshire: county district pop. 129,000
- city in SE Pa., on the Schuylkill River: pop. 81,000
Origin of Readingafter the city in England
- The act or activity of one that reads.
- The act or practice of rendering aloud written or printed matter: skilled at forensic reading.
- An official or public recitation of written material: the reading of a will; a reading by the poet of her own works.
- a. The specific form of a particular passage in a text: a manuscript with a variant reading.b. The distinctive interpretation of a work of performing art given by the person or persons performing it.
- An interpretation or appraisal: He gave us his reading of the situation.
- Written or printed material: The survivors' account is fascinating reading.
- The information indicated by a gauge or graduated instrument.
- A borough of south-central England west of London. Occupied by the Danes in 871, it was chartered in 1253.
- A city of southeast Pennsylvania on the Schuykill River northwest of Philadelphia. Settled in 1748, it is an important commercial, industrial, and transportation center.
- Present participle of read.
(countable and uncountable, plural readings)
- The process of interpreting written language.
- The process of interpreting a symbol, a sign or a measuring device.
- A value indicated by a measuring device.
- a speedometer reading.
- A meeting where written material is read aloud.
- a poetry reading.
- An interpretation.
- a reading of the current situation.
- (legislature) one of several stages a bill passes through before becoming law
From read +"Ž -ing.
Variant of read
transitive verbread , reading
- 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 rē-dh, an unverified form rə-dh ; from base an unverified form ar-, an unverified form (a)rē-, 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 lectureor read someone a lesson
read up (on)