Translation of "read" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /riːd/ us /rid/ past tense and past participle read /red/

A1 to look at words and understand what they mean

What was the last book you read?
I’ve been reading about Marilyn Monroe.

A2 to look at words that are written and say them aloud for other people to listen to

Do you want me to read it to you?

(Translation of “read” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /riːd/ (past tense, past participle read /red/)

to look at and understand (printed or written words or other signs)

Have you read this letter?
Can your little girl read yet?
Can anyone here read Chinese?
She can read music.
I can read (= understand without being told) her thoughts/mind.

to learn by reading

leer, enterarse (por los periódicos, etc)
I read in the paper today that the government is going to cut taxes again.

to read aloud, usually to someone else

I read my daughter a story before she goes to bed
I read to her before she goes to bed.

to pass one’s time by reading books etc for pleasure etc

I don’t have much time to read these days.

to study (a subject) at a university etc

He’s reading history at Oxford.

to look at or be able to see (something) and get information from it

ver; leer
I can’t read the clock without my glasses
The nurse read the thermometer.

to be written or worded; to say

His letter reads as follows: ’Dear Sir, …’

(of a piece of writing etc ) to make a (good, bad etc) impression

This report reads well.

(of dials, instruments etc ) to show a particular figure, measurement etc

indicar, marcar
The thermometer reads –5°C.

to (cause a word, phrase etc to) be replaced by another, eg in a document or manuscript

leer (léase)
There is one error on this page – For ’two yards’, read ’two metres’
’Two yards long’ should read ’two metres long’.
readable adjective

(opposite unreadable)

easy or pleasant to read

agradable de leer
I don’t usually enjoy poetry but I find these poems very readable.

able to be read

Your handwriting is scarcely readable.
readableness noun

readability noun

reader noun

a person who reads books, magazines etc

He’s a keen reader.

a person who reads a particular newspaper, magazine etc

The editor asked readers to write to him with their opinions.

a reading-book, especially for children or for learners of a foreign language

libro de lectura
a Latin reader.
readership noun

the (number of) people who read a newspaper, magazine etc

número de lectores
The readership of the magazine consists mainly of teenage girls.
reading noun

the act of reading.


the reading of something aloud, as a (public) entertainment

a poetry reading.

the ability to read

The boy is good at reading.

the figure, measurement etc on a dial, instrument etc

indicación, lectura
The reading on the thermometer was –5° C.

for the purpose of reading

de lectura
a reading-room in a library.

for learning to read

para aprender a leer
a reading-book.
reading material noun

a list of books, stories, articles etc that need to be read for one’s studies.

material de lectura
reading matter noun

something written for others to read (eg books, newspapers, letters)

material de lectura
There’s a lot of interesting reading matter in our local library.
read-out noun (plural read-outs)

(computing ) data produced by a computer, eg on magnetic or paper tape.

read between the lines

to look for or find information (eg in a letter) which is not actually stated

leer entre líneas
Reading between the lines I get the impression that he wants to leave the company.
read off phrasal verb

to read from a dial, instrument etc

leer, hacer la lectura de
The engineer read off the temperatures one by one.
read on phrasal verb

to continue to read; to read further

continuar leyendo
He paused for a few moments, and then read on.
read out phrasal verb

to read aloud

leer en voz alta
Read out the answers to the questions.
read over phrasal verb ( read through)

to read from beginning to end

leer de principio a fin, leer de cabo a rabo
I’ll read through your manuscript, and let you know if I find any mistakes.

(Translation of “read” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)