read

To read is to scan and understand letters and words, making sense of language. You can also read into something, interpreting a meaning.

Usually a verb, read can also be a noun, as in “That book is a quick read.” There are several different roots credited with being the ancestor of read, each with different meanings. One meant "to counsel and advise," which might remind you of having your fortune read by a fortune teller, while another meant "gather up," which is what you do with the information a book you read contains.

Definitions of read
  1. verb
    look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed
    “The King will read the proclamation at noon”
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    numerate
    read out loud as words written numbers
    dictate
    say out loud for the purpose of recording
    call
    read aloud to check for omissions or absentees
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    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  2. verb
    interpret something that is written or printed
    read the advertisement”
    “Have you read Salman Rushdie?”
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    say
    have or contain a certain wording or form
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    anagram, anagrammatise, anagrammatize
    read letters out of order to discover a hidden meaning
    reread
    read anew; read again
    dip into
    read selectively; read only certain passages from a text
    decipher, trace
    read with difficulty
    skim, skim over
    read superficially
    lip-read, lipread, speech-read
    interpret by lipreading; of deaf people
    type of:
    construe, interpret, see
    make sense of; assign a meaning to
  3. verb
    make sense of a language
    “Can you read Greek?”
    synonyms: interpret, translate, understand
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    understand
    know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
  4. verb
    be a student of a certain subject
    “She is reading for the bar exam”
    synonyms: learn, study, take
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    audit
    attend academic courses without getting credit
    prepare, train
    undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession
    drill, exercise, practice, practise
    learn by repetition
    apprentice
    be or work as an apprentice
    retrain
    train again
    drill
    undergo military training or do military exercises
  5. verb
    audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role
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    audition, try out
    perform in order to get a role
  6. noun
    something that is read
    “the article was a very good read
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    publication
    a copy of a printed work offered for distribution
  7. verb
    have or contain a certain wording or form
    “The passage reads as follows”
    synonyms: say
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    feature, have
    have as a feature
  8. verb
    indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
    “The gauge read `empty'”
    synonyms: record, register, show
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    say
    indicate
    show
    give evidence of, as of records
    strike
    indicate (a certain time) by striking
    attest
    establish or verify the usage of
    surcharge
    show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given
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    indicate
    to state or express briefly
  9. verb
    interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior
    “She read the sky and predicted rain”
    “I can't read his strange behavior”
    “The fortune teller read his fate in the crystal ball”
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    take
    interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression
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    scry
    divine by gazing into crystals
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    anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise
    make a prediction about; tell in advance
  10. verb
    interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression
    “I read this address as a satire”
    synonyms: take
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    misinterpret, misread
    interpret wrongly
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    construe, interpret, see
    make sense of; assign a meaning to
  11. verb
    to hear and understand
    “I read you loud and clear!”
    Synonyms:
    take
    interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression
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    understand
    know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
  12. verb
    obtain data from magnetic tapes
    “This dictionary can be read by the computer”
    synonyms: scan
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    types:
    misread
    read or interpret wrongly
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    construe, interpret, see
    make sense of; assign a meaning to
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