Sight-read meaning

sītrēd
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To read or perform (music, for example) without preparation or prior acquaintance.
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To read or perform something on sight without preparation or prior acquaintance.
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To perform (music or other art) without rehearsal but on first viewing of a text.

I can sightread really simple music, but hard pieces need a lot of practice so I don't have to stop and figure out what I'm doing.

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(music) To perform a musical piece while reading it for the first time, without rehearsal.
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Simple past tense and past participle of sight read.
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