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.
Origin of read1
Synonyms for read
Origin of read2
Related Words for readscan, study, gather, see, know, learn, translate, interpret, view, recite, show, explain, deliver, say, utter, announce, hold, display, speak, apprehend
Examples from the Web for read
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 8, 2015
If you read the reactions, she was billed as ‘Beauty and Brains.’Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
Can you talk about some of the books you read that you think are particularly good on the political history of the 1960s?Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
President Harry Truman kept a sign on his desk that read: “The Buck Stops Here.”The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future
January 3, 2015
Giorgio read aloud what they had chosen as their class motto.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
Historical Examples of read
"Here's a fine letter to read on a hot day," called Percival.
I've always been taken with the chap; and I'm very glad you read him correctly.
Did you notice you could read every letter in the label on that ham?
I'm always amused when I read about the suffering in the tenements.
Sorcery reads backwards—and I saw him so read from that scroll of his.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
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