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Definition of "reading" []

  • The act or activity of one that reads. (noun)
  • The act or practice of rendering aloud written or printed matter: skilled at forensic reading. (noun)
  • An official or public recitation of written material: the reading of a will; a reading by the poet of her own works. (noun)
  • The specific form of a particular passage in a text: an unusual reading of the old manuscript. (noun)
  • The distinctive interpretation of a work of performing art given by the person or persons performing it. (noun)

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.

Use "reading" in a sentence
  • "But for this Saturday, I agreed to do a reading just so I can bring Michael and introduce him to a *poetry reading*."
  • "If an originalist reading of the Constitution does not reveal such a liberty — relying on the received meaning of the ­Constitution's words at the time they were ­written — Justice Kennedy's moral ­reading does."
  • "[Illustration: "A Solemn Gentleman, with a troublesome cough, reading aloud to his Wife."] _Miss P. _ (_standing opposite "The Flight into Egypt" reading_)."