Read

Definition of Read

Pronunciation: rĕd
n.1.Rennet. See 3d Reed.
v. t.1.To advise; to counsel.
[imp. & p. p. Read (rĕd); p. pr. & vb. n. Reading.]
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.
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.
v. i.1.To give advice or counsel.
2.To tell; to declare.
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.
n.1.Saying; sentence; maxim; hence, word; advice; counsel. See Rede.
2.Reading.
One newswoman here lets magazines for a penny a read.
- Furnivall.
imp. & p. 1.imp. & p. p. of Read, v. t. & i.
a.1.Instructed or knowing by reading; versed in books; learned.
A poet . . . well read in Longinus.
- Addison.

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