Meaning of “read” - Learner’s Dictionary

read

verb us uk /riːd/ past tense and past participle read /red/
The doctor read through his medical history.The print's so small in this book that I can hardly read it.She thrust a letter into my hand and told me to read it.My sister reads a lot more than I do.Could you pass it on to Laura when you've finished reading it?
WORDS [ I, T ]

A1 to look at words and understand what they mean:

What was the last book / you read?
I've been reading about John F Kennedy.
[ + that ] I've read that the economy is going to improve by the end of the year.
SAY [ I, T ]

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?
[ + two objects ] I read / him a story at bedtime.
SIGNS [ T ]

to look at signs and be able to understand them:

Can you read music?
MEASUREMENT [ T ]

to show the temperature, time, etc on a piece of measuring equipment:

The thermometer read 20 degrees this morning.
→ See also lip-read

(Definition of “read verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)