Idioms for read

Origin of read

before 900; Middle English reden, Old English rǣdan to counsel, read; cognate with Dutch raden, German raten, Old Norse rātha; akin to Sanskrit rādhnoti (he) achieves

Definition for read (2 of 3)

[ red ]
/ rɛd /


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

Origin of read

First recorded in 1580–90; past participle of read1

Definition for read (3 of 3)

[ reed ]
/ rid /


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.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for read (1 of 2)

/ (riːd) /

verb reads, reading or read (rɛd)


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)

/ (rɛd) /


the past tense and past participle of read 1


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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Idioms and Phrases with read


In addition to the idioms beginning with read

  • read a lecture
  • read between the lines
  • read into
  • read like an open book
  • read out of
  • read someone's mind
  • read the riot act
  • read up

also see:

  • do you read me
  • open book, read like an
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