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)

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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!"