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well-read

[wel-red]
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  1. having read extensively (sometimes followed by in): well-read in oceanography.

Origin of well-read

First recorded in 1590–1600
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well-read

adjective (well read when postpositive)
  1. having read widely and intelligently; erudite
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Word Origin and History for well-read

adj.

1590s, from well (adv.) + read (adj.).

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