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verb  us   /rid/

read verb (OBTAIN MEANING)

[I/T] (past tense and past participle read  /red/ ) to obtain meaning or information by looking at written words or symbols: [T] I read the book over the weekend. [I] She couldn’t read or write. [I] Did you read about the plan to build a new road to the airport? [+ that clause] I read that the job market for teachers is excellent. [T] He reads music. [I/T] (past tense and past participle read  /red/ ) To read is also to say aloud the written words: [I/T] She read the story to the class.

read verb (UNDERSTAND)

[I/T] to understand the meaning or intention of something: [T] If I’ve read the situation right, we’ll soon have agreement on a contract.

read verb (SHOW/STATE)

(past tense and past participle read  /red/ ) to show or state information: [L] The sign read, "No parking here to corner." (past tense and past participle read  /red/ ) If you read a device, you look at the measurement it shows: [T] The gas company sends someone to read the meter every month.
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