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,Spenser.
In whose dead face he read great magnanimity.
Those about herShak.
From her shall read the perfect ways of honor.
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.
(Read), v. i.
1. To give advice or counsel. [Obs.]
2. To tell; to declare. [Obs.] Spenser.
3. To perform the act of reading; to peruse, or to go over and utter aloud, the words of a book or other
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.
(Read), n. [AS. r&aemacrd counsel, fr. r&aemacrdan to counsel. See Read, v. t.]
1. Saying; sentence; maxim; hence, word; advice; counsel. See Rede. [Obs.]
2. [Read, v.] Reading. [Colloq.] Hume.
One newswoman here lets magazines for a penny a read.Furnivall.
(Read) imp. & p. p. of Read, v. t. & i.