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reading

[ ree-ding ]
/ ˈri dɪŋ /
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noun

adjective

pertaining to or used for reading: reading glasses.
given to reading: the reading public.

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Nearby words

reader, readership, readies, readily, readiness, reading, reading chair, reading desk, reading group, reading notice, reading room

Origin of reading

before 900; Middle English redyng (gerund), Old English rǣdinge. See read1, -ing1, -ing2
Related formsnon·read·ing, nounself-read·ing, adjective

Definition for reading (2 of 3)

Reading

[ red-ing ]
/ ˈrɛd ɪŋ /

noun

Rufus Daniel Isaacs, 1st Marquis of,1860–1935, Lord Chief Justice of England 1913–21; viceroy of India 1921–26.
a city in Berkshire, in S England.
a city in SE Pennsylvania.
a town in E Massachusetts, near Boston.
a city in SW Ohio.

Definition for reading (3 of 3)

Origin of read

1
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
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British Dictionary definitions for reading (1 of 4)

reading

/ (ˈriːdɪŋ) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for reading (2 of 4)

Reading

/ (ˈrɛdɪŋ) /

noun

a town in S England, in Reading unitary authority, Berkshire, on the River Thames: university (1892). Pop: 232 662 (2001)
a unitary authority in S England, in Berkshire. Pop: 144 100 (2003 est). Area: 37 sq km (14 sq miles)

British Dictionary definitions for reading (3 of 4)

read

1
/ (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 reading (4 of 4)

read

2
/ (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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Idioms and Phrases with reading

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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