(noun, verb)


1. something that is read

- the article was a very good read

Definition categories: communication, publication


1. interpret something that is written or printed

- read the advertisement

- Have you read Salman Rushdie?

Definition categories: cognition, construe, interpret, see

2. have or contain a certain wording or form

- The passage reads as follows

Similar word(s): say

Definition categories: stative, feature, have

3. look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed

- The King will read the proclamation at noon

Definition categories: cognition, mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

4. obtain data from magnetic tapes or other digital sources

- This dictionary can be read by the computer

Similar word(s): scan

Definition categories: cognition, construe, interpret, see

5. interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior

- She read the sky and predicted rain

- I can't read his strange behavior

- The fortune teller read his fate in the crystal ball

Definition categories: cognition, anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise

6. interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression

- I read this address as a satire

Similar word(s): take

Definition categories: cognition, construe, interpret, see

7. be a student of a certain subject

- She is reading for the bar exam

Similar word(s): learn, study, take

Definition categories: cognition

8. indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

- The gauge read `empty'

Similar word(s): record, register, show

Definition categories: communication, indicate

9. audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role

Definition categories: creation, audition

10. to hear and understand

- I read you loud and clear!

Definition categories: cognition, understand

11. make sense of a language

- Can you read Greek?

Similar word(s): interpret, translate, understand

Definition categories: cognition, understand

Sentences with read as a verb:

- have you read this book?;

- He read us a passage from his new book.

- All right, class, who wants to read next?

- She read my mind and promptly rose to get me a glass of water.

- I can read his feelings in his face.

- On the door hung a sign that reads "No admittance".

- The passage reads differently in the earlier manuscripts.

- Arabic reads right to left.

- That sentence reads strangely.

- Do you read me?

- I am reading theology at university.

- to read a hard disk; to read a port; to read the keyboard

- Every time I go outside, I worry that someone will read me.