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verb read pronunciation in American English /rid/
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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.

    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.

    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. 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.

  3. 4
    [transitive] if a short piece of writing reads something, it contains those particular words

    The label read, “Suitable only for children over three.”

  4. 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.

  5. 8
    [intransitive] if something reads well or badly, you think it has been written well or badly

    In general, the script reads beautifully.

  6. 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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