1. [ verb ] interpret something that is written or printed

"read the advertisement" "Have you read Salman Rushdie?"

Related terms: interpret reread scan skim dip_into anagram decipher decipher lipread spell_out reading reader reader
2. [ verb ] have or contain a certain wording or form
Synonyms: say

"The passage reads as follows" "What does the law say?"

Related terms: have
3. [ verb ] look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed

"The King will read the proclamation at noon"

Related terms: talk call dictate numerate reader
4. [ verb ] (computer science) obtain data from magnetic tapes
Synonyms: scan

"This dictionary can be read by the computer"

Related terms: interpret misread
5. [ verb ] interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression
Synonyms: take

"I read this address as a satire" "How should I take this message?" You can't take credit for this!"

Related terms: interpret misread
6. [ verb ] interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky, etc.; also of human behavior

"She read the sky and predicted rain" "I can't read his strange behavior" "The gypsy read his fate in the crystal ball"

Related terms: predict scry take
7. [ verb ] (education) be a student of a certain subject
Synonyms: study take learn

"She is reading for the bar exam"

Related terms: train drill audit discipline study
8. [ verb ] indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
Synonyms: show record register

"The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero" "The gauge read `empty'"

Related terms: indicate show strike say adjustment
9. [ adjective ] having been read; often used in combination

"a widely read newspaper"

Related terms: unread
10. [ verb ] to hear and understand

"I read you loud and clear!"

Related terms: understand take
11. [ verb ] make sense of a language
Synonyms: understand translate interpret

"She understands French" "Can you read Greek?"

Related terms: understand
12. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 1957
13. [ verb ] (performing arts) audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role

"He is auditioning for Julius Cesar at Stratford this year"

Related terms: audition performing_arts
14. [ noun ] (writing) something that is read

"the article was a very good read"

Related terms: publication
Similar spelling:   Reade