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Definition of Read


  1. Rennet. See 3d Reed.
  2. of Read
  3. To advise; to counsel.
  4. To interpret; to explain; as, to read a riddle.
  5. To tell; to declare; to recite.
  6. 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.
  7. Hence, to know fully; to comprehend.
  8. To discover or understand by characters, marks, features, etc.; to learn by observation.
  9. To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks; as, to read theology or law.
  10. To give advice or counsel.
  11. To tell; to declare.
  12. To perform the act of reading; to peruse, or to go over and utter aloud, the words of a book or other like document.
  13. To study by reading; as, he read for the bar.
  14. To learn by reading.
  15. 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.
  16. To produce a certain effect when read; as, that sentence reads queerly.
  17. Saying; sentence; maxim; hence, word; advice; counsel. See Rede.
  18. Reading.
  19. imp. & p. p. of Read, v. t. & i.
  20. Instructed or knowing by reading; versed in books; learned.

Read Quotations

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
John Burroughs

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
Abraham Lincoln

A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.
Mark Twain

I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
Eleanor Roosevelt
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Read Translations

read in Afrikaans is lees
read in Dutch is lezen
read in Finnish is lukea
read in French is lisent, lue, lire, lisons, lurent, lisez, lues, lu
read in German is gelesen, lesen, einlesen
read in Italian is leggere
read in Norwegian is lese
read in Portuguese is lido, ler
read in Spanish is leer

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