Definitions of read

  1. make sense of a language; " She understands French"; " Can you read Greek?"
  2. be a student of a certain subject; " She is reading for the bar exam"
  3. have or contain a certain wording or form; " The passage reads as follows"; " What does the law say?"
  4. something that is read; " the article was a very good read"
  5. having been read; often used in combination; " a widely read newspaper"
  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!"
  7. to hear and understand; " I read you loud and clear!"
  8. interpret something that is written or printed; " read the advertisement"; " Have you read Salman Rushdie?"
  9. look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed; " The King will read the proclamation at noon"
  10. 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"
  11. indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments; " The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; " The gauge read ` empty'"
  12. obtain data from magnetic tapes; " This dictionary can be read by the computer"
  13. 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"
  14. audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role; " He is auditioning for ` Julius Cesar' at Stratford this year"
  15. To advise; to counsel.
  16. Rennet. See 3d Reed.
  17. of Read
  18. To interpret; to explain; as, to read a riddle.
  19. To go over, as characters or words, and utter aloud, or recite to one's self inaudibly; to take in the sense of, as of language, by interpreting the characters with which it is expressed; to peruse; as, to read a discourse; to read the letters of an alphabet; to read figures; to read the notes of music, or to read music; to read a book.
  20. Hence, to know fully; to comprehend.
  21. To discover or understand by characters, marks, features, etc.; to learn by observation.
  22. To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks; as, to read theology or law.
  23. To give advice or counsel.
  24. To tell; to declare.
  25. To perform the act of reading; to peruse, or to go over and utter aloud, the words of a book or other like document.
  26. To study by reading; as, he read for the bar.
  27. To appear in writing or print; to be expressed by, or consist of, certain words or characters; as, the passage reads thus in the early manuscripts.
  28. To produce a certain effect when read; as, that sentence reads queerly.
  29. Saying; sentence; maxim; hence, word; advice; counsel. See Rede.
  30. Reading.
  31. imp. & amp; p. p. of Read, v. t. & amp; i.
  32. Instructed or knowing by reading; versed in books; learned.
  33. imp. & p. p. of Read, v. t. & i.
  34. To observe and understand the meaning of ( something written, printed, or inscribed); peruse; as, to read a book; understand by observation; as, to read the stars; explain or make clear; as, it is easy to read his meaning; make a study of; as, to read law; learn, as from books, etc.; as, we read that the war has ended.
  35. Read.
  36. To peruse written or printed matter; learn from written or printed matter; with of or about; utter aloud the words of a book, etc.; as, he reads well; make a careful study; as, to read up on history; to have a special form; as, the passage reads thus.
  37. Informed about, or acquainted with, by means of books.
  38. To utter aloud written or printed words: to peruse: to comprehend: to study.
  39. To perform the act of reading: to practice much reading: to appear in reading:- pa. t. and pa. p. read ( red).
  40. Versed in books: learned.
  41. A public way for travelling; place where ships ride at anchor.
  42. Of to read.
  43. To utter or peruse written or printed words; to comprehend.
  44. To understand, as written or printed characters, or any marks or signs; peruse; interpret; explain; also, to utter audibly what is so learned.
  45. To gain information, as from anything written or printed; utter aloud the contents, as of a book or manuscript.
  46. Informed as by reading; acquainted with books or literature.
  47. To utter aloud what is written or printed; to peruse; to discover and understand by signs; to study; to learn by observation.
  48. To perform the act of reading; to be studious; to learn by reading; to stand written.
  49. To pronounce or give utterance to that which the written symbols placed before the eyes are meant to convey; to peruse, as a book, either silently or aloud; to discover by characters or marks; to study, as a student; to perform the act of reading; to be studious; to know by reading or observation.
  50. The abomasum or fourth stomach of ruminants.

Usage examples for read

  1. I guess you read what happened. – Fifty Per Cent Prophet by Gordon Randall Garrett
  2. If you can read, that is. – Warrior Race by Robert Sheckley
  3. Read it, and you will see. – Jess by H. Rider Haggard
  4. I went home and read my play. – Berenice by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  5. " Haven't you ever read," says he, " of Gasparilla?" – Wilt Thou Torchy by Sewell Ford
  6. Got there; but- read for yourself. – Kitty's Conquest by Charles King
  7. We can say that he has to read, quietly, out there ... – Dr. Adriaan by Louis Couperus
  8. Do you care to read? – The Happy Foreigner by Enid Bagnold
  9. " I will let you read it then. – The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  10. You know how to read, do you? – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  11. Do you never read anything? – Moor Fires by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  12. You can read it if you wish when you have time. – Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale by Ida Glenwood
  13. I should like to read it; it would do me so much good. – Stories By English Authors: Germany by Various
  14. She did not even read very much. – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
  15. But I've got to read him all the same. – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  16. The young man read it. – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  17. I can read your face too well. – The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett
  18. Do you mean to read it, or not? – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  19. Then you write what you please, and read it to me. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells