- readadjective having a specified level of knowledge as a result of reading:→ read————————readverb (past and past participle read)1》 look at and understand the meaning of (written or printed matter) by interpreting the characters or symbols of which it is composed.↘speak (written or printed words) aloud.↘habitually read (a newspaper or periodical).↘(of a passage, text, or sign) have a certain wording.2》 discover (information) by reading it in a written or printed source.↘[as adjective read] having a specified level of knowledge as a result of reading: she was well read.3》 understand or interpret the nature or significance of.↘(of a piece of writing) convey a specified impression to the reader: the note read like a cry for help.4》 inspect and record the figure indicated on (a measuring instrument).↘indicate a specified measurement or figure.5》 chiefly Brit. study (an academic subject) at a university.6》 (of a computer) copy or transfer (data).↘enter or extract (data) in an electronic storage device.7》 present (a bill or other measure) before a legislative assembly.8》 hear and understand the words of (someone speaking on a radio transmitter).noun1》 chiefly Brit. a period or act of reading.2》 informal a book considered in terms of its readability.Phrasesread between the lines look for or discover a meaning that is implied rather than explicit.read someone's mind (or thoughts) discern what someone is thinking.read my lips N. Amer. informal listen carefully.Phrasal verbsread something into attribute a meaning or significance to (something) that it may not possess.read someone out of chiefly US formally expel someone from.read up on acquire information about (a subject) by reading.OriginOE rdan, of Gmc origin; early senses included 'advise' and 'interpret a riddle or dream'.
English new terms dictionary. 2014.