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Spanish translation of “read”

read

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 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
leerse
This report reads well.
(of dials, instruments etc) to show a particular figure, measurement etc 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 (negative unreadable) easy or pleasant to read I don’t usually enjoy poetry but I find these poems very readable. able to be read Your handwriting is scarcely readable. readableness noun
legibilidad
readability noun
legibilidad
reader noun a person who reads books, magazines etc
lector
He’s a keen reader.
a person who reads a particular newspaper, magazine etc
lector
The editor asked readers to write to him with their opinions.
a reading-book, especially for children or for learners of a foreign language 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 The reading on the thermometer was –5 C. reading- for the purpose of reading reading-glasses 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. reading matter noun something written for others to read (eg books, newspapers, letters) There’s a lot of interesting reading matter in our local library. read-out noun (plural read-outs) 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 to read from a dial, instrument etc
leer, hacer la lectura de
The engineer read off the temperatures one by one.
read on to continue to read; to read further
continuar leyendo
He paused for a few moments, and then read on.
read out to read aloud Read out the answers to the questions. read over/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.
(Definition of read from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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