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From Old English rǣdan (“‘advise, read’”), from Proto-Germanic *raedanan (“‘advise, counsel’”). Cognate with Dutch raden, German raten, Swedish råda. The development from ‘advise, interpret’ to ‘interpret letters, read’ is unique to English. Compare rede.
- Noun and present tense
- (UK) enPR: rēd, IPA: /riːd/, SAMPA: /ri:d/
- Rhymes: -iːd
- (US) enPR: rēd, IPA: /rid/, SAMPA: /rid/
- Homophones: reed
- Past tense and past participle
Third person singular
- (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To be a party to the input and understanding of written information.
- (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To look at and interpret letters or other information that is written.
- Have you read this book?
- He doesn’t like to read.
- (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To speak aloud words or other information that is written. Often construed with a to phrase or an indirect object.
- He read us a passage from his new book.
- All right, class, who wants to read next?
- (transitive) In telecommunications, to be able to hear what another person is saying over a radio connection.
- Do you read me?
- (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.
- I am reading theology at university.
- (transitive) To interpret or infer a meaning, significance, etc.
- I can read his feelings in his face.
- To consist of certain text.
- On the door hung a sign that read, "Proper Safety Equipment Required Beyond This Point."
- (intransitive) Of text, etc., to be interpreted or read in a particular way.
- Arabic reads backwards.
- Simple past tense and past participle of read.
- (look at and interpret letters or other information): interpret, make out, make sense of, understand
- (speak aloud words or other information that is written): read aloud, read out, read out loud, speak
- (be able to hear): hear, receive
- (make a study of): learn, study
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- A reading or an act of reading, especially an actor's part of a play.
- IPA: /'ræ:ad/
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