Meaning of “reader” in the English Dictionary

"reader" in British English

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readernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈriː.dər/ us /ˈriː.dɚ/

reader noun [ C ] (PERSON WHO READS)

B1 someone who reads for pleasure, especially a person who reads a lot:

He's a great/voracious reader (= reads many books).
She's an avid reader of historical novels.

B1 someone who reads a particular newspaper or magazine:

We asked our readers to write in and give us their views.
She described him as a typical Guardian reader.

specialized publishing a person whose job is to advise a publishing company if a particular book should be published

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  • She's a very keen reader - she devours one book after another.
  • He's a voracious reader of historical novels.
  • A couple of alert readers wrote in to the paper pointing out the mistake.
  • The books with large print are meant for our partially sighted readers.
  • All these changes to the newspaper have alienated its traditional readers.

(Definition of “reader” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reader" in American English

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readernoun [ C ]

us /ˈri·dər/

a person who reads:

Both of my parents were great readers (= they read a lot).
The local newspaper welcomes comments from its readers.

(Definition of “reader” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reader" in Business English

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readernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈriːdər/ us

COMMUNICATIONS a person who reads, especially someone who reads a particular newspaper, magazine, etc.:

a magazine with over 10,000 readers
Welcome to all the readers of this blog!

IT a piece of equipment or software that can read printed material or electronic data:

an optical character reader
You can read your corrupt file with our File Reader utility.

(Definition of “reader” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)