Origin of reading
Definition for reading (2 of 3)
Definition for reading (3 of 3)
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
Examples from the Web for reading
It's cheesy and ludicrous and, therefore, delightful; it's the reading equivalent of hate-watching.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I gave a reading last week with someone who had taken a class of mine.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Corden has actually been attached to Into the Woods since the first reading of the screenplay two-and-a-half years ago.New ‘Late Late Show’ Host James Corden Would Like to Manage Your Expectations|Kevin Fallon|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The remark comes to mind while reading The Selected Letters of Norman Mailer.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness|Ronald K. Fried|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After reading Ever Yours, if nothing else, one can start to understand how such a fanatic mind could produce such fanatic art.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind|Nick Mafi|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The latter had been reading a new publication, which she laid down at the voice of the butler announcing a visitor.Newton Forster|Captain Frederick Marryat
He went on reading the papers and presently exclaimed: Its a frame-up.Under Cover|Roi Cooper Megrue
All the editions adopt the reading is sinne, as in all the MSS.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
"In Caesar's name," repeated the official, who had been selected for the duty of reading the Imperial message.Serapis, Complete|Georg Ebers
The question was put for engrossing the bill for a third reading, and carried, there being fifty votes in favor of it.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
British Dictionary definitions for reading (1 of 4)
- the act of a person who reads
- (as modifier)a reading room; a reading lamp
- ability to read
- (as modifier)the reading public; a child of reading age
British Dictionary definitions for reading (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for reading (3 of 4)
verb reads, reading or read (rɛd)
Word Origin for read
British Dictionary definitions for reading (4 of 4)
Word Origin and History for reading (1 of 5)
county town of Berkshire, Old English Readingum (c.900), "(Settlement of) the family or followers of a man called *Read."
Word Origin and History for reading (1 of 5)
Old English ræding, "a reading, the act of reading" either silent or aloud, "a passage or lesson," verbal noun; see read (v.)). Meaning "interpretation" is from mid-14c. (in reference to dreams). Meaning "a form of a passage of text" is from 1550s; that of "a public event featuring reading aloud" is from 1787.
Word Origin and History for reading (2 of 5)
"an act of reading," 1825, from read (v.).
Word Origin and History for reading (3 of 5)
1580s, "having knowledge gained from reading," in well-read, etc., past participle adjective from read (v.).
Word Origin and History for reading (4 of 5)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with reading
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