Meaning of read
Pronunciation: (rēd), [key]
— v., n. read read•ing
- to look at carefully so as to understand the meaning of (something written, printed, etc.): to read a book; to read music.
- to utter aloud or render in speech (something written, printed, etc.): reading a story to his children; The actor read his lines in a booming voice.
- to have such knowledge of (a language) as to be able to understand things written in it: to be able to read French.
- to apprehend the meaning of (signs, characters, etc.) otherwise than with the eyes, as by means of the fingers: to read Braille.
- to apprehend or interpret the meaning of (gestures, movements, signals, or the like): to read a semaphore; to read sign language.
- to make out the significance of by scrutiny or observation: to read the cloudy sky as the threat of a storm; a fisherman skilled in reading a stream for potential pools.
- to anticipate, expect, or calculate by observation: At the line of scrimmage, the quarterback read a blitz and called an audible.
- to foresee, foretell, or predict: to read a person's fortune in tea leaves.
- to make out the character, motivations, desires, etc., of (a person or persons), as by the interpretation of outward signs.
- to interpret or attribute a meaning to (a written text), a musical composition, etc.): How do you read this clause in the contract?
- to infer (something not expressed or directly indicated) from what is read, considered, or observed: He read an underlying sarcasm into her letter. In your silence I read agreement to my plan.
- to adopt or give as a reading in a particular passage: For “one thousand” another version reads “ten thousand.”
- to substitute or replace (a particular word or phrase) in a written text, usually to correct an error: Read “cavalry” for “calvary.”
- to check (printers' proofs, copy, etc.) for errors; proofread.
- to register or indicate, as a thermometer, clock, etc.
- to obtain (data, programs, or control information) from an external storage medium or some other source and place in memory.
- to study (a subject), as at a university: to read law.
- to read the work of (an author): She is reading Kafka.
- to learn by or as if by reading: to read a person's thoughts.
- to hear and understand (a transmitted radio message or the person transmitting it); receive: I read you loud and clear.
- to bring, put, etc., by reading: to read oneself to sleep.
- to give one (a lecture or lesson) by way of admonition or rebuke.
- to discover or explain the meaning of (a riddle, dream, etc.).
- to read or peruse written or printed matter.
- to utter aloud or render in speech written or printed words that one is perusing: to read to a person.
- to give a public reading or recital.
- to inspect and apprehend the meaning of written or other signs or characters.
- to occupy oneself seriously with reading or study.
- to obtain knowledge or learn of something by reading.
- to admit of being read, esp. properly or well.
- to have a certain wording.
- to admit of being interpreted: a rule that reads in two different ways.
- to register or indicate particular information, as the status or condition of something: Her blood pressure is reading a little low today.
- to have an effect or make an impression; show forth: Those battle photographs read with great impact.
- to read data, programs, or control information.
- See (def. 69).
- (of an actor) to audition for (a role, a play, etc.).
- to place (data, programs, or control information) in memory.
- to study the lip movements of a speaker who cannot be heard so as to determine the words being uttered.
- to read aloud, as for someone's attention.
- Computers.to retrieve (information) from a computer.
- to oust from membership in (a political party or other group) by a public announcement of dismissal: He was read out of the association because of alleged subversive activities.
- See(def. 30).
- See(def. 2).
- to learn about by reading; gather information on; research by reading: You'd better read up on World War I before taking the history test.
- an act or instance of reading: Give the agreement a careful read before you sign it.
- something that is read: Her new novel is a wonderful read.
Pronunciation: (red), [key]
- having knowledge gained by reading (usually used in combination): a well-read person.
Pronunciation: (rēd), [key]
- 1733–98, American political leader: served in the Continental Congress 1774–77.
- 1893–1968, English critic and poet.
- a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “red.”
- read (Thesaurus)