[ reed ]
/ rid /
Chiefly British Dialect

verb (used with object), red·ed, red·ing.

to counsel; advise.
to explain.


counsel; advice.
a plan; scheme.
a tale; story.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rede


/ (riːd) archaic /


advice or counsel
an explanation

verb (tr)

to advise; counsel
to explain

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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