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[reed] /rid/ Chiefly British Dialect
verb (used with object), reded, reding.
to counsel; advise.
to explain.
counsel; advice.
a plan; scheme.
a tale; story.
Origin of rede
before 900; (v.) Middle English reden, Old English rǣdan; (noun) Middle English; Old English rǣd, cognate with Old Frisian rēd, Old Saxon rād, Old Norse rāth; see read1, ready Unabridged
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  • Take my rede, sir, and let it drop, for you have come very well out from it.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It is my rede that thou weddest Atli, or else thou goest hence.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • With Nations it is as with individuals: Can they rede the riddle of Destiny?

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • And, by my rede, we shall have our women and little ones with us; and why not?

    Child Christopher William Morris
  • Tell them, and let me read the rede; sense dwells in the voices of the night.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Her husband, the man-riddle: she was unable to rede or read him.

  • Now there were the Maiden and the Carline at their house, and nought easy was the rede for them.

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
  • I rede not the riddle, Calote answered her; but Dame Emma laughed.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • There were few men at that time could rede this chantry priest.

    Long Will Florence Converse
British Dictionary definitions for rede


advice or counsel
an explanation
verb (transitive)
to advise; counsel
to explain
Word Origin
Old English rǣdan to rule; see read1
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Word Origin and History for rede

"counsel, advice," Old English ræd "advice, counsel;" see read (v.). Cognate with Old Saxon rad "advice, counsel, help, advantage," Dutch raad "advice, counsel," German Rat "advice, counsel," Old Norse rað "advice, consideration, remedy, power; marriage."

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