• Reading their shirts
    Reading their shirts
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v read make sense of a language "She understands French","Can you read Greek?"
    • v read be a student of a certain subject "She is reading for the bar exam"
    • v read to hear and understand "I read you loud and clear!"
    • v read 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?","You can't take credit for this!"
    • v read interpret something that is written or printed "read the advertisement","Have you read Salman Rushdie?"
    • v read look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed "The King will read the proclamation at noon"
    • v read 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"
    • v read obtain data from magnetic tapes "This dictionary can be read by the computer"
    • v read indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero","The gauge read `empty'"
    • v read audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role "He is auditioning for `Julius Caesar' at Stratford this year"
    • v read have or contain a certain wording or form "The passage reads as follows","What does the law say?"
    • n read something that is read "the article was a very good read"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Man reading Aldermanic scroll Man reading Aldermanic scroll
Reading the Decree  581 Reading the Decree 581
Corneille Reading to Louis XIV.——642 Corneille Reading to Louis XIV.——642
Reading to the children Reading to the children
Shorty Reading the Letter 160 Shorty Reading the Letter 160
The Baron's Retainers, Mesdames Blythe and Gay, giving him the results of their readings The Baron's Retainers, Mesdames Blythe and Gay, giving him the results of their readings
Reading that everlasting Belsham Reading that everlasting Belsham

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Men are able to read fine print better than women can
    • Read rĕd imp. & p. p. of Read v. t. & i.
    • Read Hence, to know fully; to comprehend. "Who is't can read a woman?"
    • a Read rĕd Instructed or knowing by reading; versed in books; learned. "A poet . . . well read in Longinus."
    • Read Reading. "One newswoman here lets magazines for a penny a read ."
    • n Read rēd Rennet. See 3d Reed.
    • Read Saying; sentence; maxim; hence, word; advice; counsel. See Rede.
    • Read To advise; to counsel. "Now therefore, if thou wilt enriched be, Avise thee well, and change thy willful mood.""Therefore, I read thee, get thee to God's word, and thereby try all doctrine."
    • Read To appear in writing or print; to be expressed by, or consist of, certain words or characters; as, the passage reads thus in the early manuscripts.
    • Read To discover or understand by characters, marks, features, etc.; to learn by observation. "An armed corse did lie,
      In whose dead face he read great magnanimity."
      "Those about her
      From her shall read the perfect ways of honor."
    • Read To give advice or counsel.
    • Read To go over, as characters or words, and utter aloud, or recite to one's self inaudibly; to take in the sense of, as of language, by interpreting the characters with which it is expressed; to peruse; as, to read a discourse; to read the letters of an alphabet; to read figures; to read the notes of music, or to read music; to read a book. "Redeth read ye] the great poet of Itaille.""Well could he rede a lesson or a story."
    • Read To interpret; to explain; as, to read a riddle.
    • Read To learn by reading. "I have read of an Eastern king who put a judge to death for an iniquitous sentence."
    • Read To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks; as, to read theology or law.
    • Read To perform the act of reading; to peruse, or to go over and utter aloud, the words of a book or other like document. "So they read in the book of the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense."
    • Read To produce a certain effect when read; as, that sentence reads queerly.
    • Read To study by reading; as, he read for the bar.
    • Read To tell; to declare.
    • Read To tell; to declare; to recite. "But read how art thou named, and of what kin."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left
    • read To counsel; advise; recommend.
    • read To teach; instil, as a lesson.
    • read To explain the meaning of; explain; interpret; make out; solve: as, to read a riddle; to read a dream.
    • read To declare; tell; rehearse.
    • read To suppose; guess; imagine; fancy.
    • read To understand by observation or scrutiny; acquire a knowledge of (something not otherwise obvious) by interpreting signs or indications; study out; interpret: as, to read the signs of the times; to read the sky or a person's countenance.
    • read To discover by observation or scrutiny; perceive from signs or indications.
    • read To observe and apprehend the meaning of (something written, printed, inscribed, or stamped in letters or other significant characters); go over with the eyes (or, in the case of the blind, with the fingers) and take in the meaning of (significant characters forming or representing words or sentences); peruse: as, to read a book, newspaper, poem, inscription, or piece of music.
    • read To note the indication of (a graduated instrument): as, to read a thermometer or a circle.
    • read To utter aloud: said of words or sounds represented by letters or other significant characters.
    • read To peruse or study (a subject in the books written about it); learn through reading: as, to read law or philosophy; to read science for a degree; to read the news; we read that the meek shall inherit the earth.
    • read To perceive or assume in the reading or study of a book or writing (something not expressed or directly indicated); impute or import by inference: as, to read a meaning in a book which the author did not intend; to read one's own notions into a book; to read something between the lines.
    • read To affect by reading so as to bring into a specified condition: as, to read a child asleep; to read one's self blind.
    • read To read about.
    • read To counsel; advise; give advice or warning.
    • read To speak; discourse; declare; tell.
    • read To peruse something written or printed; acquire information from a record of any kind.
    • read To utter aloud the words of something written or printed; enunciate the words of a book or writing.
    • read In music: To perform or render music at first sight of the notes: applied to either vocal or instrumental performance: as, he plays well, but reads very slowly.
    • read To perform or render music in a particular way; put a certain expression upon it; interpret it: used of a performer or conductor.
    • read To give a recital or lecture; rehearse something written or learned: as, to read before a public audience.
    • read To study systematically from books or writings: sometimes with up.
    • read To appear on reading; have a (specified) meaning.
    • read To have a certain quality or effect in perusal; used absolutely, to be suitable or desirable for perusal.
    • read Having knowledge gained from reading; instructed by reading; in general, versed: now usually with well: as, well read in the classics.
    • n read Counsel; advice.
    • n read Interpretation.
    • n read Speech; tale; narrative.
    • n read A saying; a proverb.
    • n read Reading; perusal.
    • read An obsolete form of red.
    • read A dialectal form of red.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Men can read smaller print than women.
    • v.t Read rēd to utter aloud written or printed words: to peruse: to comprehend: to study, as to read law, science: to teach: to make out, from signs: to solve, as to read a dream: to interpret: to understand, as reading the stars: to note the indication of, as to read a barometer: impute by inference, as to read a meaning into a book
    • v.i Read to perform the act of reading: to practise much reading: to appear on reading: to advise: to speak: to acquire information: to utter the words of a book:
    • n Read a reading, perusal:
    • adj Read versed in books: learned
    • n Read act of reading: perusal: study of books: public or formal recital: the way in which a passage reads: an interpretation of a passage or work: a version: noting an instrument, as the reading of a barometer
    • v.i Read (mus.) to render music at first sight: to put a certain expression upon it: to be suitable for perusal:—pa.t. and pa.p. read (red)
    • n Read (Spens.) counsel, a saying, an interpretation
    • ***


  • Jim Critchfield
    Jim Critchfield
    “You are wise, witty and wonderful, but you spend too much time reading this sort of stuff.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Read much, but not many books.”
  • John Morely
    John Morely
    “You will find most books worth reading are worth reading twice.”
  • John Ruskin
    “A book worth reading is worth buying.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Reading the Scriptures is an uplifting experience.”
  • Jackie Collins
    Jackie Collins
    “The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.”


Read between the lines - If you read between the lines, you find the real message in what you're reading or hearing, a meaning that is not available from a literal interpretation of the words.
Read from the same page - When people are reading from the same page, they say the same things in public about an issue.
Read someone the riot act - If you read someone the riot act, you give them a clear warning that if they don't stop doing something, they will be in serious trouble.
Taken as read - If something can be taken as read, it is so definite that it's not necessary to talk about it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. reden, ræden, AS. rǣdan, to read, advise, counsel, fr. rǣd, advice, counsel, rǣdan,imperf. reord,) to advise, counsel, guess; akin to D. raden, to advise, G. raten, rathen, Icel. rāða, Goth. rēdan,in comp.), and perh. also to Skr. rādh, to succeed. √116. Cf. Riddle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rǽdan, to discern, read—rǽd, counsel; Ger. rathen, to advise.


In literature:

Mrs. Wister quite mistook the aim of my Query about Crabbe: I asked if he were read in America for the very reason that he is not read in England.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald to Fanny Kemble (1871-1883)" by Edward FitzGerald
One of these is the "reading in" or "reading out" of a man from his party.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
He reads a Bible that I gave him every day, and when his children come from school he gets them to read to him.
"Gathering Jewels" by James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
Young men read Shelley, old men read Wordsworth.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
We are told, indeed (and some librarians even have said it) that for unformed readers to read a bad book is better than to read none at all.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
There is perhaps no more frequent criticism made on reading than that it is too fast.
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
I caint read an write but all my chilluns can read and write.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
When she reads she wants to read to Him.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
Read it, mother; read what she said.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
We've read and re-read his stuff.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

Can you read the song
Of the suppliant bee?
'Tis a poet's soul,
Asking liberty.
"The Bee's Song" by Julia Ward Howe
Sayes, "Reade me, reade me, deare brother,
My reade shall ryde at thee,
Whiche way we best may turne and fighte,
To save this fayre ladye."
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
O wide embracing, wondrous love!
We read thee in the sky above,
We read thee in the earth below,
In seas that swell, and streams that flow.
"O Love of God, How Strong and True!" by Horatius Bonar
We read thy power to bless and save,
E’en in the darkness of the grave;
Still more in resurrection light,
We read the fullness of thy might.
"O Love of God, How Strong and True!" by Horatius Bonar
The Woman
She proudly sits within her home of gloom,
and reads and reads his lines with wistful smile,
then, eyes aglisten, seeks the empty room
(and he within his bloody grave the while.)
"The Three Concerned" by Leon Gellert
So, lady, take the leaf that falls,
To all but thee unseen, unknown;
When evening shades thy silent walls,
Then read it all alone;
In stillness read, in darkness seal,
Forget, despise, but not reveal!
"L’Inconnue" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

One thing to keep in mind when you read these reviews: I was writing these as I read the issues.
Perhaps you've heard that reading on an e-reader is different than reading a book.
"I think we're definitely making combo reads with our receivers and a little bit more progression reading," he said.
Reading through the lyric booklet of Taylor Swift's Red, you may be surprised to come across the secret message that reads.
The letter "God no longer blesses America" (Reading Eagle, Nov 10) was possibly the most offensive that I have ever read.
Read ' Emperor 's New Clothes' before voting new, clothes, read, emperor , child, marysville, time, book, democrats, lewis.
Fawn Hollow Elementary School participated in the Jumpstart's Read for the Record celebration on Oct 4, an attempt to set a record for the largest shared reading experience.
In the morning, my students have reading, language arts and social studies with me then they go to math and science in the afternoon and I get another class for reading.
A reading series featuring "the best established and rising Chicago authors reading new and published stories".
If you haven't read it, it's a must read.
I come from a family that loves to read, and I personally read all the time.
Featuring LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow, Reading Rainbow Remixed – In Your Imagination is the fourth installment in this series.
For 23 years, Reading Rainbow encouraged children to read.
Reading the column by Morton Marcus was akin to reading the Sunday morning comics.
This Teen Read Week™ ( Oct 14-20), YALSA dares you to read for the fun of it.

In science:

Some universal information can be read from the local behavior of these solutions.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
Then the first Poisson structure can be always read off the second by shifting wNw ,1 by −λ and taking the linear term.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
Read-out cells are defined by grouping together a bundle of fibres into one photomultiplier (PMT).
Hadron Energy Reconstruction for the ATLAS Barrel Prototype Combined Calorimeter in the Framework of the Non-parametrical Method
Differentiating A(t) twice one may readily read ˙φ from (3), and then you obtain V (t) from (4).
Exact Inflationary Solutions from a Superpotential
Shafer, G., & Pearl, J. (Eds.), Readings in Uncertain Reasoning, pp. {.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks