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 tell; to declare; to recite.
  20. 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.
  21. Hence, to know fully; to comprehend.
  22. To discover or understand by characters, marks, features, etc.; to learn by observation.
  23. To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks; as, to read theology or law.
  24. To give advice or counsel.
  25. To tell; to declare.
  26. To perform the act of reading; to peruse, or to go over and utter aloud, the words of a book or other like document.
  27. To study by reading; as, he read for the bar.
  28. 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.
  29. To produce a certain effect when read; as, that sentence reads queerly.
  30. Saying; sentence; maxim; hence, word; advice; counsel. See Rede.
  31. Reading.
  32. imp. & amp; p. p. of Read, v. t. & amp; i.
  33. Instructed or knowing by reading; versed in books; learned.
  34. imp. & p. p. of Read, v. t. & i.
  35. 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.
  36. Read.
  37. 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.
  38. Informed about, or acquainted with, by means of books.
  39. To utter aloud written or printed words: to peruse: to comprehend: to study.
  40. To perform the act of reading: to practice much reading: to appear in reading:- pa. t. and pa. p. read ( red).
  41. Versed in books: learned.
  42. A public way for travelling; place where ships ride at anchor.
  43. Of to read.
  44. To utter or peruse written or printed words; to comprehend.
  45. To understand, as written or printed characters, or any marks or signs; peruse; interpret; explain; also, to utter audibly what is so learned.
  46. To gain information, as from anything written or printed; utter aloud the contents, as of a book or manuscript.
  47. Informed as by reading; acquainted with books or literature.
  48. To utter aloud what is written or printed; to peruse; to discover and understand by signs; to study; to learn by observation.
  49. To perform the act of reading; to be studious; to learn by reading; to stand written.
  50. 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.
  51. The abomasum or fourth stomach of ruminants.

Usage examples for read

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