Read, v. i.
1. To give advice or counsel. [Obs.]
2. To tell; to declare. [Obs.]
3. 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. --Neh. viii. 8.
4. To study by reading; as, he read for the bar.
5. To learn by reading.
I have read of an Eastern king who put a judge to death for an iniquitous sentence. --Swift.
6. 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.
7. To produce a certain effect when read; as, that sentence reads queerly.
To read between the lines, to infer something different from what is plainly indicated; to detect the real meaning as distinguished from the apparent meaning.
1. Saying; sentence; maxim; hence, word; advice; counsel. See Rede. [Obs.]
2. Reading. [Colloq.]
One newswoman here lets magazines for a penny a read. --Furnivall.
Read a. Instructed or knowing by reading; versed in books; learned.
A poet . . . well read in Longinus. --Addison.
Read imp. & p. p. of Read, v. t. & i.
Read n. Rennet. See 3d Reed. [Prov. Eng.]
Read v. t. [imp. & p. p. Read p. pr. & vb. n. Reading.]
1. To advise; to counsel. [Obs.] See Rede.
Therefore, I read thee, get thee to God's word, and thereby try all doctrine. --Tyndale.
2. To interpret; to explain; as, to read a riddle.
3. To tell; to declare; to recite. [Obs.]
But read how art thou named, and of what kin. --Spenser.
4. 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. --Chaucer.
Well could he rede a lesson or a story. --Chaucer.
5. Hence, to know fully; to comprehend.
Who is't can read a woman? --Shak.
6. 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. --Spenser.
Those about her
From her shall read the perfect ways of honor. --Shak.
7. To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks; as, to read theology or law.
To read one's self in, to read aloud the Thirty-nine Articles and the Declaration of Assent, -- required of a clergyman of the Church of England when he first officiates in a new benefice.
n : something that is read; "the article was a very good read"
v 1: interpret something that is written or printed; "read the
advertisement"; "Have you read Salman Rushdie?"
2: have or contain a certain wording or form; "The passage
reads as follows"; "What does the law say?" [syn: say]
3: look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is
written or printed; "The King will read the proclamation
4: obtain data from magnetic tapes; "This dictionary can be
read by the computer" [syn: scan]
5: 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
6: 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!" [syn: take]
7: indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments; "The
thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; "The
gauge read `empty'" [syn: register, show, record]
8: be a student of a certain subject; "She is reading for the
bar exam" [syn: learn, study, take]
9: audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role; "He is
auditioning for `Julius Cesar' at Stratford this year"
10: to hear and understand; "I read you loud and clear!"
11: make sense of a language; "She understands French"; "Can you
read Greek?" [syn: understand, interpret, translate]