sight-read

[ sahyt-reed ]
/ ˈsaɪtˌrid /

verb (used with or without object), sight-read [sahyt-red] /ˈsaɪt rɛd/, sight-read·ing [sahyt-ree-ding] /ˈsaɪtˌri dɪŋ/.

to read, play, or sing without previous practice, rehearsal, or study of the material to be treated: to sight-read music; to sight-read another language.

Nearby words

  1. sight for sore eyes, a,
  2. sight gag,
  3. sight rhyme,
  4. sight screen,
  5. sight unseen,
  6. sighted,
  7. sighter,
  8. sighthole,
  9. sighthound,
  10. sighting

Origin of sight-read

First recorded in 1900–05

Related formssight-read·er [sahyt-ree-der] /ˈsaɪtˌri dər/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for sight-read

sight-read

/ (ˈsaɪtˌriːd) /

verb -reads, -reading or -read (-ˌrɛd)

to sing or play (music in a printed or written form) without previous preparation
Derived Formssight-reader, nounsight-reading, noun

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