verb (used with object), read [red] /rɛd/, read·ing [ree-ding] /ˈri dɪŋ/.
verb (used without object), read [red] /rɛd/, read·ing [ree-ding] /ˈri dɪŋ/.
- to read aloud, as for someone's attention.
- Computers.to retrieve (information) from a computer.
- reactor vessel,
- reactor, nuclear,
- read a lecture,
- read between the lines,
- read in,
- read into,
- read like an open book
Origin of read1
Origin of read2
Examples from the Web for read
There was nobody that I read who was like, “This is just… whatever.”‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If you read the reactions, she was billed as ‘Beauty and Brains.’Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Can you talk about some of the books you read that you think are particularly good on the political history of the 1960s?
President Harry Truman kept a sign on his desk that read: “The Buck Stops Here.”The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future|Jonah Edelman|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Giorgio read aloud what they had chosen as their class motto.
The mother's mood may be read at a glance: she is showing in one of a thousand tender ways her motherly affection for her child.The Madonna in Art|Estelle M. Hurll
I was already marked out for the life of a student, yet little that was in the books I read seemed to find its way into my mind.'Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)|John Morley
Alice darted a keen look on the Duke, as if to read his meaning; another on Charles, to know whether she had guessed it rightly.Peveril of the Peak|Sir Walter Scott
No one can doubt it who knows the situation of the two countries, still less anyone who has read the correspondence.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|James D. Richardson
As usual she seemed to read my thoughts and understand them.Kent Knowles: Quahaug|Joseph C. Lincoln
verb reads, reading or read (rɛd)
Word Origin for read
Old English rædan (West Saxon), redan (Anglian) "to advise, counsel, persuade; discuss, deliberate; rule, guide; arrange, equip; forebode; read, explain; learn by reading; put in order" (related to ræd, red "advice"), from Proto-Germanic *raedanan (cf. Old Norse raða, Old Frisian reda, Dutch raden, Old High German ratan, German raten "to advise, counsel, guess"), from PIE root *re(i)- "to reason, count" (cf. Sanskrit radh- "to succeed, accomplish," Greek arithmos "number amount," Old Church Slavonic raditi "to take thought, attend to," Old Irish im-radim "to deliberate, consider"). Words from this root in most modern Germanic languages still mean "counsel, advise."
Sense of "make out the character of (a person)" is attested from 1610s. Connected to riddle via notion of "interpret." Transference to "understand the meaning of written symbols" is unique to Old English and (perhaps under English influence) Old Norse raða. Most languages use a word rooted in the idea of "gather up" as their word for "read" (cf. French lire, from Latin legere). Read up "study" is from 1842; read out (v.) "expel by proclamation" (Society of Friends) is from 1788. read-only in computer jargon is recorded from 1961.
"an act of reading," 1825, from read (v.).
1580s, "having knowledge gained from reading," in well-read, etc., past participle adjective from read (v.).
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
- do you read me
- open book, read like an