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verb read pronunciation in American English /rid/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlereading
past tenseread
past participleread
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to look at and understand words in a letter, book, newspaper, etc.
    I read a few chapters of a book every night.
    Here – read what his note says for yourself.
    He was sitting reading in the waiting room.
    Read on to find out more!
    read and write: By the age of five, he could read and write.
    read something from cover to cover (=all of something): I always read the paper from cover to cover.
    read widely/extensively (=to read a lot of books): She read extensively in science and economics.
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    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to speak the words that you are looking at
      read (something) to someone: Reading to young children helps develop their language skills.
      read someone something: Read me that last sentence again.
      read (something) aloud/out loud: I’m going to read this poem aloud.
      read from something: She will be reading from her latest novel.
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    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to get information from books, newspapers, etc.
      read (that): I read somewhere that she was born in Chicago.
      read something in something: We read it in the local paper.
      read about: He likes reading about wildlife.
    3. c.
      [transitive] used for telling someone about mistakes in printing
      for something, read something: On page 61, for “three thousand,” read “three million.”
      read something as something: The figure £600 should be read as $600.
  2. 2
    [transitive] if you can read music, you can understand the written marks that represent musical sounds
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    1. a.
      to look at and understand the information, symbols, or numbers on a map or a piece of measuring equipment
      Has the man been here to read the gas meter?
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  3. 3
    [transitive] to understand something in a particular way
    They had read the situation extremely accurately.
    read something as something: We had read their decision as an admission of failure.
  4. 4
    [transitive] if a short piece of writing reads something, it contains those particular words
    The label read, “Suitable only for children over three.”
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  5. 5
    [transitive] if a computer or other piece of electronic equipment reads something, it examines the information on it or copies it to a particular place
    The machine at the checkout reads your credit card.
  6. 6
    [transitive] if a piece of measuring equipment reads something, it shows a particular number or amount
    The thermometer has been reading over 90 degrees all day.
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  7. 7
    [transitive] to be able to understand what someone is like or what they are thinking
    It was difficult to read his expression.
    See also book1, mind1
  8. 8
    [intransitive] if something reads well or badly, you think it has been written well or badly
    In general, the script reads beautifully.
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  9. 9
    [transitive] to hear someone who is speaking to you by radio
    This is Charlie Alpha Five. Do you read me?
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