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noun reading pronunciation in American English /ˈridɪŋ/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the process of recognizing written or printed words and understanding their meaning

    My little boy is having difficulty with his reading.

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    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to the process of reading

      a test for assessing children’s reading skills

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  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] the act of reading or studying a book, newspaper, document, etc.

    I haven’t done much reading lately.

    background reading (=books, articles, etc. containing general information about a subject):

    Included in the book are suggestions for background reading.

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  3. 3
    [uncountable] something that you read

    This report is my bedtime reading at the moment.

    reading material/matter:

    The prisoners have limited reading material.

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  4. 4
    [countable] an event at which someone reads something to a group of people

    We attended the reading of my uncle’s will.

    give a reading:

    She is giving a poetry reading tonight.

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    1. a.
      something that someone reads to a group of people, for example at a public event or religious ceremony

      This morning’s reading is from the Old Testament.

  5. 6
    [countable] a particular way of thinking about a situation, statement, or event

    a modern reading of Freud’s work

  6. 7
    [countable] one of three occasions when a bill is read and discussed in a legislature in the U.S. before it can become law
    receive a reading:

    The Clean Air Act will receive its second reading today.


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