reading definition, meaning - what is reading in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “reading”

See all translations

reading

noun uk   us   /ˈriː.dɪŋ/

reading noun (WRITTEN TEXT)

A1 [U] the skill or activity of getting information from books: Reading and tennis are my favourite pastimes. The diaries make good (bedtime) reading (= are good to read (in bed at night)). These books are compulsory/required reading for students of architecture.C2 [C] an occasion when something written, especially a work of literature, is spoken to an audience: The society often arranges poetry readings and musical evenings.
More examples

reading noun (UNDERSTANDING)

[C] the way in which you understand something: My reading of the situation is that John wanted any excuse to resign.

reading noun (PARLIAMENT)

[C] In a parliament, a reading of a new law is one of the stages of discussion before it is approved: The Housing Bill was given its second reading in Parliament today.

reading noun (MEASUREMENT)

[C] the number or amount that a piece of measuring equipment shows: a thermometer reading
(Definition of reading from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of reading?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “reading” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

extra time

a period of time in a sports game in which play continues if neither team has won in the usual time allowed for the game

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More