"reads" in the noun sense
something that is read
"the article was a very good read"
"reads" in the verb sense
interpret something that is written or printed
"read the advertisement"
"Have you read Salman Rushdie?"
2. read, say
have or contain a certain wording or form
"The passage reads as follows"
"What does the law say?"
look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed
"The King will read the proclamation at noon"
4. read, scan
obtain data from magnetic tapes or other digital sources
"This dictionary can be read by the computer"
interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky also of human behavior
"She read the sky and predicted rain"
"I can't read his strange behavior"
"The fortune teller read his fate in the crystal ball"
6. take, read
interpret something in a certain way convey a particular meaning or impression
"I read this address as a satire"
"How should I take this message?"
7. learn, study, read, take
be a student of a certain subject
"She is reading for the bar exam"
8. read, register, show, record
indicate a certain reading of gauges and instruments
"The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"
"The gauge read `empty'"
audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role
"He is auditioning for `Julius Caesar' at Stratford this year"
to hear and understand
"I read you loud and clear!"
11. understand, read, interpret, translate
make sense of a language
"She understands French"
"Can you read Greek?"
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