read1 [ rid ] (past tense and past participle read [ red ] ) verb ***
▸ 1 understand words
▸ 2 understand symbols
▸ 3 interpret meaning
▸ 4 know what someone thinks
▸ 5 have words/number
▸ 6 be written particular way
▸ 7 hear someone on radio
1. ) intransitive or transitive to look at and understand words in a letter, book, newspaper, etc.:
I read a few chapters of a book every night.
Here read what his note says for yourself.
He was sitting reading in the waiting room.
Read on to find out more!
read and write: By the age of five, he could read and write.
read something from cover to cover (=all of something): I always read the paper from cover to cover.
read widely/extensively (=to read a lot of books): She read extensively in science and economics.
a ) intransitive or transitive to speak the words you are looking at:
read (something) to someone: Reading to young children helps develop their language skills.
read someone something: Read me that last sentence again.
read (something) aloud/out loud: I'm going to read this poem aloud.
read from something: She will be reading from her latest novel.
b ) intransitive or transitive to get information from books, newspapers, etc.:
read (that): I read somewhere that she was born in Chicago.
read something in something: We read it in the local paper.
read about: He likes reading about wildlife.
c ) transitive used for telling someone about mistakes in printing:
for something, read something: On page 61, for three thousand, read three million.
read something as something: The figure £600 should be read as $600.
2. ) transitive if you can read music, you can understand the written marks that represent musical sounds
a ) to look at and understand the information, symbols, or numbers on a map or a piece of measuring equipment:
Has the man been here to read the gas meter?
b ) if a computer or other piece of electronic equipment reads something, it examines the information on it or copies it to a particular place:
The machine at the checkout reads your credit card.
3. ) transitive to understand something in a particular way: INTERPRET:
They had read the situation extremely accurately.
read something as something: We had read their decision as an admission of failure.
4. ) transitive to be able to understand what someone is like or what they are thinking:
It was difficult to read his expression.
read someone's mind: Her next comment surprised me. It was as if she had read my mind.
read someone like a book (=know exactly what they are thinking): Don't pretend you're telling the truth I can read you like a book.
5. ) transitive if a piece of measuring equipment reads something, it shows a particular number or amount:
The thermometer has been reading over 90 degrees all day.
a ) if a short piece of writing reads something, it contains those particular words:
The label read, Suitable only for children over three.
6. ) intransitive if something reads well or badly, you think it has been written well or badly:
In general, the script reads beautifully.
a ) read like something if a piece of writing reads like something, it has similar qualities or aspects to that thing:
The first half of the report reads like one long complaint.
7. ) transitive to hear someone who is speaking to you by radio:
This is Charlie Alpha Five. Do you read me?
read between the lines
to guess something that is not expressed directly:
I'm reading between the lines, but I think they're both unhappy.
read someone's lips
1. ) to know what someone is saying by looking at the shapes their lips make when they talk, for example because you are unable to hear
2. ) SPOKEN used for telling someone strongly that something has definitely been decided, and will not be changed:
Read my lips: You are not going to an all-night party.
take something as read MAINLY BRITISH
to accept that something is true without needing any more information or proof:
You can take it as read that he'll say no.
`read for phrasal verb transitive
read for something if an actor reads for a part in a play, movie, etc., they act some of the part in front of the people deciding which actors to choose: AUDITION
,read `into phrasal verb transitive
read something into something to find an extra meaning in someone's words or actions that is not obvious or does not exist:
I think you're reading too much into a casual remark.
,read `out phrasal verb transitive
to say the words you are reading so that people can hear them:
He read the list of names out.
,read `through phrasal verb transitive
to read all of a document, book, etc. in order to check or correct it:
Read the contract through carefully before you sign.
,read `up on or ,read `up about phrasal verb transitive
to get information on a particular subject by reading a lot about it
read 2 [ rid ] noun singular
an act of reading something or a period of time spent reading something:
She settled herself down for a quiet read.
a. a good/exciting/depressing etc read something that is enjoyable/exciting/depressing etc to read

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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