[ US /ˈɹɛd, ˈɹid/ ]
  1. obtain data from magnetic tapes or other digital sources
    This dictionary can be read by the computer
  2. have or contain a certain wording or form
    The passage reads as follows
    What does the law say?
  3. interpret something that is written or printed
    Have you read Salman Rushdie?
    read the advertisement
  4. make sense of a language
    Can you read Greek?
    She understands French
  5. interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior
    I can't read his strange behavior
    The fortune teller read his fate in the crystal ball
    She read the sky and predicted rain
  6. interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression
    I read this address as a satire
    How should I take this message?
  7. indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
    The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero
    The gauge read `empty'
  8. audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role
    He is auditioning for `Julius Caesar' at Stratford this year
  9. to hear and understand
    I read you loud and clear!
  10. look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed
    The King will read the proclamation at noon
  11. be a student of a certain subject
    She is reading for the bar exam
  1. something that is read
    the article was a very good read
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How To Use read In A Sentence

  • In my view his confrontational, gladiatorial style has been a major contributor to the widespread disdain of the British public for politicians generally. Times, Sunday Times
  • Frogs and newts have already been attracted to three new natural spring ponds at Abbey Meads School.
  • He hoped the roots would harbor the fungi and spread them throughout the compost, but the fungi didn't spread well enough.
  • Come to think of it, it should read "sententia" but you managed to misspell in Latin the word you misspelled in English. When Latin Tattoos Go Wrong
  • The right back found himself in unfamiliar territory in the opposing penalty area after a swift exchange of passes that opened up Reading's defence. Times, Sunday Times
  • But for the watermark, the thickness of the paper and the missing security thread, the note, reportedly obtained from a private bank, looked like genuine currency for all practical purposes.
  • We cannot support all the shops we have already, so a few more very expensive units can only remain empty and unused.
  • You just can't let a little thing like his being already dead get in the way of a good, irrational hatful desire to kill! Tom Cruise is a LOT OLDER than I thought
  • It wasn't a bad program; with full profs as teachers, I read a lot and learned a lot.
  • My poor Lirriper was a handsome figure of a man, with a beaming eye and a voice as mellow as a musical instrument made of honey and steel, but he had ever been a free liver being in the commercial travelling line and travelling what he called a limekiln road — “a dry road, Emma my dear,” my poor Lirriper says to me, “where I have to lay the dust with one drink or another all day long and half the night, and it wears me Emma” — and this led to his running through a good deal and might have run through the turnpike too when that dreadful horse that never would stand still for a single instant set off, but for its being night and the gate shut and consequently took his wheel, my poor Lirriper and the gig smashed to atoms and never spoke afterwards. Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings
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