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Definition of "read" [read]

  • To examine and grasp the meaning of (written or printed characters, words, or sentences). (verb-transitive)
  • To utter or render aloud (written or printed material): read poems to the students. (verb-transitive)
  • To have the ability to examine and grasp the meaning of (written or printed material in a given language or notation): reads Chinese; reads music. (verb-transitive)
  • To examine and grasp the meaning of (language in a form other than written or printed characters, words, or sentences): reading Braille; reading sign language. (verb-transitive)
  • To examine and grasp the meaning of (a graphic representation): reading a map. (verb-transitive)
  • To comprehend the meaning of (something written or printed) by looking at and interpreting the written or printed characters (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To be occupied in such an activity (verb)
  • To look at, interpret, and speak aloud (something written or printed) (verb)
  • To interpret the significance or meaning of through scrutiny and recognition (verb)
  • To interpret or understand the meaning of (signs, characters, etc) other than by visual means (verb)
  • To have sufficient knowledge of (a language) to understand the written or printed word (verb)
  • To discover or make out the true nature or mood of (verb)
  • To interpret or understand (something read) in a specified way, or (of something read) to convey a particular meaning or impression (verb)
  • To adopt as a reading in a particular passage (verb)
  • To have or contain a certain form or wording (verb)
  • To undertake a course of study in (a subject) (verb)
  • To gain knowledge by reading (verb)
  • To register, indicate, or show (verb)
  • To bring or put into a specified condition by reading (verb)
  • To hear and understand, esp when using a two-way radio (verb)
  • To obtain (data) from a storage device, such as magnetic tape (verb)
  • To understand (written or printed music) by interpretation of the notes on the staff and to be able to reproduce the musical sounds represented by these notes (verb)
  • Matter suitable for reading (noun)
  • The act of reading (noun)

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Use "read" in a sentence
  • " Larry later read& line-edited all the novels; we heard read aloud every chap. 1 at semester's end."
  • "JLenard..read his username phonectically and then read his comment..."
  • "As a middle school teacher actively *trying* to get kids out there to read science fiction and fantasy heck, getting kids to *read*, period!"