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Idioms about read

Origin of read

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English reden, read(en), reid(e), Old English rǣdan “to counsel, read”; cognate with Dutch raden, German raten, Old Norse rātha; akin to Sanskrit rādhnoti “(he) achieves”; see also rede, riddle1

Other definitions for read (2 of 3)

read2
[ red ]
/ rɛd /

adjective
having knowledge gained by reading (usually used in combination): a well-read person.

Origin of read

2
First recorded in 1570–80; past participle of read1

Other definitions for read (3 of 3)

Read
[ reed ]
/ rid /

noun
George, 1733–98, American political leader: served in the Continental Congress 1774–77.
Sir Herbert, 1893–1968, English critic and poet.
a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “red.”
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How to use read in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for read (1 of 2)

read1
/ (riːd) /

verb reads, reading or read (rɛd)
noun
matter suitable for readingthis new book is a very good read
the act of reading

Word Origin for read

Old English rǣdan to advise, explain; related to Old Frisian rēda, Old High German rātan, Gothic garēdan

British Dictionary definitions for read (2 of 2)

read2
/ (rɛd) /

verb
the past tense and past participle of read 1
adjective
having knowledge gained from books (esp in the phrases widely read, well-read)
take something as read to take something for granted as a fact; understand or presume
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