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reading

noun uk   /ˈriː.dɪŋ/ us  

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.
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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
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