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"reading" in British English

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readingnoun

uk   /ˈriː.dɪŋ/  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.

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  • 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.
(Definition of reading from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reading" in American English

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readingnoun

 us   /ˈri·dɪŋ/
  • reading noun (OBTAIN MEANING)

[C/U] the skill or activity of getting information from written words: [U] Reading is my favorite pastime.
[C/U] Reading is also text to be read: [U] These books are required reading for architecture students.
[C/U] A reading is an occasion when a literary work or formal text is read aloud to a group of people: [C] a poetry reading
  • reading noun (UNDERSTAND)

[C] the way in which you understand something: My reading of the situation is that John wanted an excuse to resign.
(Definition of reading from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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