AskDefine | Define read

Dictionary Definition

read n : something that is read; "the article was a very good read"

Verb

1 interpret something that is written or printed; "read the advertisement"; "Have you read Salman Rushdie?"
2 have or contain a certain wording or form; "The passage reads as follows"; "What does the law say?" [syn: say]
3 look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed; "The King will read the proclamation at noon"
4 obtain data from magnetic tapes; "This dictionary can be read by the computer" [syn: scan]
5 interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky, etc.; also of human behavior; "She read the sky and predicted rain"; "I can't read his strange behavior"; "The gypsy read his fate in the crystal ball"
6 interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression; "I read this address as a satire"; "How should I take this message?"; "You can't take credit for this!" [syn: take]
7 indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments; "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; "The gauge read `empty'" [syn: register, show, record]
8 be a student of a certain subject; "She is reading for the bar exam" [syn: learn, study, take]
9 audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role; "He is auditioning for `Julius Cesar' at Stratford this year"
10 to hear and understand; "I read you loud and clear!"
11 make sense of a language; "She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?" [syn: understand, interpret, translate]

User Contributed Dictionary

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English

Pronunciation

Noun and present tense
  • a UK , /riːd/, /ri:d/
  • a US , /rid/, /rid/
  • Homophones: reed
  • Rhymes with: -iːd
Past tense and past participle
  • , /rɛd/, /rEd/
  • Homophones: red, redd
  • Rhymes with: -ɛd

Etymology

rædan, from *raedanan. Cognate with Dutch raden, German raten, Swedish råda. The development from ‘advise, interpret’ to ‘interpret letters, read’ is unique to English. Compare rede.

Verb

  1. In the context of "transitive|intransitive": To look at and interpret letters or other information that is written.
    Have you read this book?
    He doesn't like to read.
  2. In the context of "transitive|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?
  3. In telecommunications, to be able to hear what another person is saying over a radio connection.
    Do you read me?
  4. In the context of "transitive|UK": To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.
    I am reading theology at university.
  5. To interpret or infer a meaning, significance, etc.
    I can read his feelings in his face.
  6. To consist of certain text.
    On the door hung a sign that read, "Proper Safety Equipment Required Beyond This Point."
  7. Of text, etc., to be interpreted or read in a particular way.
    Arabic reads backwards.
  8. past of read

Translations

look at and interpret letters or other information
speak aloud words or other information that is written
be able to hear (in a radio communication)
  • Catalan: sentir
  • Dutch: ontvangen, horen
  • Finnish: kuulla
  • German: verstehen
  • Norwegian: forstå, høre, oppfatte
  • Swedish: förstå, höra, uppfatta
make a study of
  • Catalan: estudiar
  • French: étudier
  • German: studieren, hören
  • Latin: studere
  • Norwegian: studere
  • Polish: czytać, studiować
  • Russian: изучать (izučát’)
  • Spanish: estudiar
  • Swedish: studera
have the ability to read text or other information
  • Catalan: llegir
  • Czech: číst
  • Dutch: lezen
  • Esperanto: legi
  • French: lire
  • German: lesen können
  • Irish: léigh
  • Italian: leggere
  • Latvian: lasīt
  • Norwegian: lese
  • Polish: czytać
  • Russian: читать (čitát’)
  • Swedish: läsa
of text, etc., to be interpreted or read in a particular way

Noun

  1. A reading or an act of reading, especially an actor's part of a play.

Translations

a reading or an act of reading
  • Icelandic: lesning

Old English

Etymology

*'raudhaz, from *reudh-.
Germanic cognates: Old Saxon rōd (Dutch rood), Old High German rōt (German rot), Old Norse rauðr (Icelandic rauður, Swedish röd), Gothic 𐍂𐌰𐌿𐌸𐍃.
Indo-European cognates: Greek ἐρυθρός, Latin ruber, Old Irish rúad, Lithuanian raũdas, Russian рудой.

Pronunciation

  • /'ræ:ad/

Adjective

  1. red

West Frisian

Adjective

  1. red

Extensive Definition

Read may refer to:
  • Reading, an activity performed by a human
  • Read, Lancashire, a town in England
  • Read (botanical), a botanical term
  • Read (magazine), a children's magazine
  • Read (poker), the act of studying another player's tendencies and style of play to draw conclusions about their cards
  • Read (surname), a list of people with this surname
  • Read, the recognition of a person's birth-assigned sex when they fail to pass as a gender not usually associated with their biological status

See also

read in German: Read
read in French: Read
read in Polish: Read
read in Slovenian: Read (razločitev)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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