verb (used with object), lip·read [lip-red] /ˈlɪpˌrɛd/, lip·read·ing [lip-ree-ding] /ˈlɪpˌri dɪŋ/.
  1. to understand spoken words by interpreting the movements of a speaker's lips without hearing the sounds made.
verb (used without object), lip·read [lip-red] /ˈlɪpˌrɛd/, lip·read·ing [lip-ree-ding] /ˈlɪpˌri dɪŋ/.
  1. to use lipreading.
Compare speechread.

Origin of lipread

First recorded in 1890–95; lip + read1
Related formslip·read·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb -reads, -reading or -read (-ˈrɛd)
  1. to interpret (words) by lip-reading
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Word Origin and History for lip-read

1880, back-formation from lip-reading, which is attested from 1852 in writings on educating deaf-mutes; from lip (n.) + reading.

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