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Meaning of “read” in the English Dictionary

"read" in British English

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readverb

uk   us   /riːd/ (read, read uk   /red/ us   )
  • read verb (UNDERSTAND)

A1 [I or T] to ​look at words or ​symbols and ​understand what they ​mean: He ​spent a ​pleasantafternoon reading (the ​newspaper/a ​book). I read about the family's ​success in the ​localpaper. It was too ​dark to read ​ourmap and we took a ​wrongturning. Can you read ​music? Your ​handwriting is so ​untidy I can't read it. [+ (that)] I've read in the ​newspapers (that) there is a ​threat of ​war. Put ​yourplasticcard in the ​slot, and the ​machine will read it and ​identify who you are. Some ​children can read (= have ​learned the ​skill of reading) by the ​age of four.A2 [I or T] to say the words that are ​printed or written: She read (the ​poem) ​slowly and ​quietly. [+ two objects] Their ​teacher always reads them a ​story at the end of the ​day. Children ​love to have ​stories read (​aloud/out) to them.C2 [T] to ​understand and give a ​particularmeaning to written ​information, a ​statement, a ​situation, etc.: She ​missed the ​train because she read 18.30 p.m. as 8.30 p.m. ​instead of 6.30 p.m. On ​page 19, for "Blitish", ​please read "British". If I've read the ​situationcorrectly, we should have some ​agreement on the ​contract by the end of the ​week. [I or T] How you read a ​piece of writing, or how it reads, is how it ​seems when you read it: The ​letter reads as if it was written in a ​hurry. Her ​latestnovel reads well (= is written in an ​attractive way). [T] (​especially when ​communicating by ​radio), to ​hear and ​understand someone: Do you read me? I read you ​loud and ​clear.read sb to sleep to read ​aloud to someone until they go to ​sleep: Every ​night when I was a ​child my ​father used to read me to ​sleep.

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  • read verb (STATE)

[L] (of something written or ​printed) to have or give the ​statedinformation or ​meaning: [+ speech] The ​start of the US Constitution reads "We, the ​people of the United States..." The ​thermometer is reading 40°C in the ​shade.
  • read verb (STUDY)

[I or T] UK formal or specialized law to ​study at ​university or to ​study for a ​specializedqualification: They're both reading ​history at Cambridge. She's reading for the Bar (= ​studying to ​become a ​type of ​lawyer called a ​barrister).

readnoun [S]

uk   us   /riːd/
(Definition of read from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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readverb

 us   /rid/
  • read verb (OBTAIN MEANING)

[I/T] (past tense and past participle read  /red/ ) to ​obtainmeaning 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 ​jobmarket 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 ​situationright, we’ll ​soon have ​agreement on a ​contract.
  • read verb (SHOW/STATE)

(past tense and past participle read  /red/ ) to show or ​stateinformation: [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 ​gascompanysends someone to read the ​meter every ​month.
(Definition of read from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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