- read ► VERB (past and past part. read) 1) look at and understand the meaning of (written or printed matter) by interpreting its characters or symbols. 2) speak (written or printed words) aloud. 3) (of a passage, text, or sign) contain or consist of specified words. 4) habitually read (a particular newspaper or journal). 5) discover (information) by reading. 6) understand or interpret the nature or significance of: her exclusion can be read as a back-handed compliment. 7) (read into) attribute a meaning or significance to (something) that it may not possess. 8) (read up on) acquire information about (a subject) by reading. 9) chiefly Brit. study (an academic subject) at a university. 10) present (a bill or other measure) before a legislative assembly. 11) inspect and record the figure indicated on (a measuring instrument). 12) hear and understand the words of (someone speaking on a radio transmitter). 13) (of a computer) copy or transfer (data).► NOUN 1) chiefly Brit. a period or act of reading. 2) informal a book considered in terms of its readability: a good read .● read between the lines — Cf. ↑read between the lines● read someone's mind — Cf. ↑read someone's mind● read my lips — Cf. ↑read my lips● take as read — Cf. ↑take as read● well read — Cf. ↑well readDERIVATIVES readable adjective.ORIGIN Old English; early senses included «advise» and «interpret (a riddle or dream)».
English terms dictionary. 2015.