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English noun: read

1. read (communication) something that is read

SamplesThe article was a very good read.

Broader (hypernym)publication

English verb: read

1. read (cognition) interpret something that is written or printed

SamplesRead the advertisement.
Have you read Salman Rushdie?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)construe, interpret, see

Narrower (hyponym)anagram, anagrammatise, anagrammatize, decipher, dip into, lip-read, lipread, reread, skim, skim over, speech-read, trace

Verb groupread, read, say

2. read (stative) have or contain a certain wording or form

SamplesThe passage reads as follows.
What does the law say?.


Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)feature, have

Verb groupread

3. read (cognition) look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed

SamplesThe King will read the proclamation at noon.

ExamplesThe parents read a French poem to the children, The parents read the children a French poem

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s to somebody

Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Narrower (hyponym)call, dictate, numerate

Verb groupread

4. read (cognition) obtain data from magnetic tapes

SamplesThis dictionary can be read by the computer.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)construe, interpret, see

Narrower (hyponym)misread

5. read (cognition) interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior

SamplesShe read the sky and predicted rain.
I can't read his strange behavior.
The fortune teller read his fate in the crystal ball.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise

Narrower (hyponym)scry

Verb groupread, take

6. read (cognition) interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression

SamplesI read this address as a satire.
How should I take this message?.
You can't take credit for this!.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)construe, interpret, see

Narrower (hyponym)misinterpret, misread

Verb groupread, read

7. read (cognition) be a student of a certain subject

SamplesShe is reading for the bar exam.

Synonymslearn, study, take

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)audit, drill, exercise, practice, practise, prepare, train

8. read (communication) indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

SamplesThe thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero.
The gauge read `empty'.

Synonymsrecord, register, show

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)indicate

Narrower (hyponym)say, show, strike

9. read (creation) audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role

SamplesHe is auditioning for `Julius Caesar' at Stratford this year.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)audition, try out

Domain categoryperforming arts

10. read (cognition) to hear and understand

SamplesI read you loud and clear!.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)understand

Verb groupread, take

11. read (cognition) make sense of a language

SamplesShe understands French.
Can you read Greek?.

Synonymsinterpret, translate, understand

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)understand

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