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[reed]Chiefly British Dialect
verb (used with object), red·ed, red·ing.
  1. to counsel; advise.
  2. to explain.
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  1. counsel; advice.
  2. a plan; scheme.
  3. a tale; story.
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Origin of rede

before 900; (v.) Middle English reden, Old English rǣdan; (noun) Middle English; Old English rǣd, cognate with Old Frisian rēd, Old Saxon rād, Old Norse rāth; see read1, ready
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Historical Examples of rede

  • Take my rede, sir, and let it drop, for you have come very well out from it.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • It is my rede that thou weddest Atli, or else thou goest hence.

    Eric Brighteyes

    H. Rider Haggard

  • With Nations it is as with individuals: Can they rede the riddle of Destiny?

    Past and Present

    Thomas Carlyle

  • And, by my rede, we shall have our women and little ones with us; and why not?

    Child Christopher

    William Morris

  • Tell them, and let me read the rede; sense dwells in the voices of the night.

    Harold, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for rede


  1. advice or counsel
  2. an explanation
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verb (tr)
  1. to advise; counsel
  2. to explain
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Word Origin for rede

Old English rǣdan to rule; see read 1
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Word Origin and History for rede


"counsel, advice," Old English ræd "advice, counsel;" see read (v.). Cognate with Old Saxon rad "advice, counsel, help, advantage," Dutch raad "advice, counsel," German Rat "advice, counsel," Old Norse rað "advice, consideration, remedy, power; marriage."

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