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parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: reads, reading, read
definition 1: to examine and comprehend the meaning of (something written).
I usually read magazines during my commute on the train.I read that novel last year and loved it.
definition 2: to process and grasp from examining written material.
I read in the news this morning that another jet has been hijacked.[verb + (that) + clause ]
definition 3: to speak aloud (something written); recite.
The teacher read a story to the children, and they listened carefully.I read her the whole book while she was in the hospital.[verb + object + object ]
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definition 4: to understand the nature or meaning of.
He read his wife's signals, and they prepared to leave the party.
definition 5: to determine the mood, intention, or thoughts of.
She can be hard to read sometimes.You read my mind! That's exactly what I was thinking!
definition 6: to predict or foresee.
We can't read the future.
definition 7: to indicate; show.
The clock read eight.
similar words:
register, say
definition 8: to infer from what is read or heard (usu. fol. by "into").
They read humor into his remarks.
definition 9: to accomplish by reading.
She read the children to sleep.
definition 10: (chiefly British) to study a subject at a university.
He read anthropology at Oxford.
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to examine or comprehend something written.
I always read when I'm on the train.
definition 2: to be intently occupied in doing so.
Don't interrupt the child now; she's reading.
definition 3: to speak aloud something written.
Her eyesight is poor now, but her husband often reads to her.
definition 4: to have a particular wording.
The passage reads this way.
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definition 5: to have a particular meaning.
As the agreement reads, we are bound to finish by next year.
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part of speech: adjective
definition: having knowledge gained through reading (usu. used in combination).
my well-read brother
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word reed (tall grass)? Read and reed sound alike but have different meanings. The past tense of read and the color red also sound alike but have different meanings.
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