(noun) something that is read; “the article was a very good read”

understand, read, interpret, translate

(verb) make sense of a language; “She understands French”; “Can you read Greek?”

learn, study, read, take

(verb) be a student of a certain subject; “She is reading for the bar exam”


(verb) to hear and understand; “I read you loud and clear!”

take, read

(verb) interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression; “I read this address as a satire”; “How should I take this message?”


(verb) interpret something that is written or printed; “read the advertisement”; “Have you read Salman Rushdie?”


(verb) look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed; “The King will read the proclamation at noon”


(verb) 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”

read, scan

(verb) obtain data from magnetic tapes or other digital sources; “This dictionary can be read by the computer”

read, register, show, record

(verb) indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments; “The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero”; “The gauge read ‘empty’”


(verb) audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role; “He is auditioning for ‘Julius Caesar’ at Stratford this year”

read, say

(verb) have or contain a certain wording or form; “The passage reads as follows”; “What does the law say?”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


read (third-person singular simple present reads, present participle reading, simple past read, past participle (archaic, dialectal) readen or read)

(transitive or intransitive) To look at and interpret letters or other information that is written.

Synonyms: interpret, make out, make sense of, understand, scan

(transitive or intransitive) To speak aloud words or other information that is written. Often construed with a to phrase or an indirect object.

Synonym: read aloud, read out, read out loud, speak

(transitive) To read work(s) written by (a named author).

(transitive) To interpret, or infer a meaning, significance, thought, intention, etc. from.

To consist of certain text.

(ergative) Of text, etc, to be interpreted or read in a particular way.

(transitive) To substitute (a corrected piece of text in place of an erroneous one); used to introduce an emendation of a text.

(informal, usually, ironic) Used after a euphemism to introduce the intended, more blunt meaning of a term.

(transitive, telecommunications) To be able to hear what another person is saying over a radio connection.

Synonyms: copy, hear, receive

(transitive, rail) To observe and comprehend (a displayed signal)

(transitive, Commonwealth, except Scotland) To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.

Synonyms: learn, study

(computing, transitive) To fetch data from (a storage medium, etc.).

(obsolete) To think, believe; to consider (that).

(obsolete) To advise; to counsel. See rede.

(obsolete) To tell; to declare; to recite.

(transitive) To recognise (someone) as being transgender.

Antonym: pass

Synonym: clock

(at first especially in the black LGBT community) To call attention to the flaws of (someone) in either a playful, a taunting, or an insulting way.


read (plural reads)

A reading or an act of reading, especially an actor's part of a play.

(in combination) Something to be read; a written work.

A person's interpretation or impression of something.

(at first especially in the black LGBT community) An instance of reading.

Etymology 2



simple past tense; past participle of read


• 'eard, DARE, Dare, Dear, Rade, Reda, ared, dare, dear, rade

Proper noun


A surname, a less common spelling variant of Reid.

A male given name from surnames.


• 'eard, DARE, Dare, Dear, Rade, Reda, ared, dare, dear, rade

Source: Wiktionary

Read, n.

Definition: Rennet. See 3d Reed. [Prov. Eng.]

Read, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Read; p. pr. & vb. n. Reading.] Etym: [OE. reden, ræden, AS. rædan to read, advice, counsel, fr. ræd advise, counsel, rædan (imperf. reord) to advice, counsel, guess; akin to D. raden to advise, G. raten, rathen, Icel. raedha, Goth. redan (in comp.), and perh. also to Skr. radh to succeed. sq. root116. Cf. Riddle.]

1. To advise; to counsel. [Obs.] See Rede. Therefore, I read thee, get to God's word, and thereby try all doctrine. Tyndale.

2. To interpret; to explain; as, to read a riddle.

3. To tell; to declare; to recite. [Obs.] But read how art thou named, and of what kin. Spenser.

4. To go over, as characters or words, and utter aloud, or recite to one's self inaudibly; to take in the sense of, as of language, by interpreting the characters with which it is expressed; to peruse; as, to read a discourse; to read the letters of an alphabet; to read figures; to read the notes of music, or to read music; to read a book. Redeth [read ye] the great poet of Itaille. Chaucer. Well could he rede a lesson or a story. Chaucer.

5. Hence, to know fully; to comprehend. Who is't can read a woman Shak.

6. To discover or understand by characters, marks, features, etc.; to learn by observation. An armed corse did lie, In whose dead face he read great magnanimity. Spenser. Those about her From her shall read the perfect ways of honor. Shak.

7. To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks; as, to read theology or law. To read one's self in, to read about the Thirty-nine Articles and the Declaration of Assent, -- required of a clergyman of the Church of England when he first officiates in a new benefice.

Read, v. t.

1. To give advice or counsel. [Obs.]

2. To tell; to declare. [Obs.] Spenser.

3. To perform the act of reading; to peruse, or to go over and utter aloud, the words of a book or other like document. So they read in the book of the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense. Neh. viii. 8.

4. To study by reading; as, he read for the bar.

5. To learn by reading. I have read of an Eastern king who put a judge to death for an iniquitous sentence. Swift.

6. To appear in writing or print; to be expressed by, or consist of, certain words or characters; as, the passage reads thus in the early manuscripts.

7. To produce a certain effect when read; as, that sentence reads queerly. To read between the lines, to infer something different from what is plainly indicated; to detect the real meaning as distinguished from the apparent meaning.

Read, n. Etym: [AS. ræd counsel, fr. rædan to counsel. See Read, v. t.]

1. Saying; sentence; maxim; hence, word; advice; counsel. See Rede. [Obs.]

2. Etym: [Read, v.]

Definition: Reading. [Colloq.] Hume. One newswoman here lets magazines for a penny a read. Furnivall.


Definition: imp. & p. p. of Read, v. t. & i.

Read, a.

Definition: Instructed or knowing by reading; versed in books; learned. A poet . . . well read in Longinus. Addison.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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