A person who reads, whether they love to read or simply are able to read, is a reader. If you're a fan of a particular author, you're also one of her readers.

If you write children's books, you need to keep your readers in mind as you tackle difficult topics or use complicated language. Your readers are all the kids who will be reading the words you write. Another type of reader checks manuscripts for typos, or decides if they're good enough to be published as a book or in a magazine. Students who are learning to read sometimes use a book called a reader for practicing reading skills.

Definitions of reader
  1. noun
    a person who can read; a literate person
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    a reader capable of reading and interpreting illegible or obscure text
    a person who can read maps
    a rapid superficial reader
    type of:
    literate, literate person
    a person who can read and write
  2. noun
    a person who enjoys reading
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    someone who spends a great deal of time reading
    type of:
    bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student
    a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
  3. noun
    someone who contracts to receive and pay for a service or a certain number of issues of a publication
    synonyms: subscriber
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    type of:
    client, customer
    someone who pays for goods or services
  4. noun
    someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication
    synonyms: referee, reviewer
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    someone who scans verse to determine the number and prosodic value of the syllables
    type of:
    anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something
  5. noun
    someone who reads proof in order to find errors and mark corrections
    synonyms: proofreader
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    type of:
    pressman, printer
    someone whose occupation is printing
  6. noun
    one of a series of texts for students learning to read
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    McGuffey Eclectic Readers
    readers that combined lessons in reading with moralistic messages
    type of:
    school text, schoolbook, text, text edition, textbook
    a book prepared for use in schools or colleges
  7. noun
    someone who reads the lessons in a church service; someone ordained in a minor order of the Roman Catholic Church
    synonyms: lector
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    type of:
    clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend
    a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
    Holy Order, Order
    (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy
  8. noun
    a public lecturer at certain universities
    synonyms: lector, lecturer
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    type of:
    educator, pedagog, pedagogue
    someone who educates young people
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