Origin of reading
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
Related Words for readingaccount, knowledge, lesson, study, version, examination, learning, translation, education, review, perusal, conception, impression, inspection, understanding, rendering, scrutiny, construction, treatment, rendition
Examples from the Web for reading
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 7, 2015
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
December 26, 2014
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
December 18, 2014
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
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
December 7, 2014
Historical Examples of reading
He was reading when I approached him, and he looked flushed and agitated.
Your reading makes you a stranger to nothing but what you should be most acquainted with.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
The reading of the letter was greeted with prolonged applause.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
While Mr. Compton was reading the letter, I had leisure to look at him, and at his room.Life in London
The first evening reading had been commenced with nuts and apples.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- 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
verb reads, reading or read (rɛd)
Word Origin for read
county town of Berkshire, Old English Readingum (c.900), "(Settlement of) the family or followers of a man called *Read."
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.
"an act of reading," 1825, from read (v.).
1580s, "having knowledge gained from reading," in well-read, etc., past participle adjective from read (v.).
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.
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