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1a person who reads or who is fond of reading:the books of Roald Dahl appeal to young readers she’s an avid reader a person who reads a particular newspaper, magazine, or text:Times readers a person entitled to use a particular library. a person who reads and reports to a publisher or producer on the merits of manuscripts submitted for publication or production, or who provides critical comments on the text prior to publication. 2a person who inspects and records the figure indicated on a measuring instrument:a meter reader 3a book containing extracts of a particular author’s work or passages of text designed to give learners of a language practice in reading. 4 (usually Reader) British a university lecturer of the highest grade below professor. 5a machine for producing on a screen a magnified, readable image of any desired part of a microfiche or microfilm. Computing a device or piece of software used for reading or obtaining data stored on tape, cards, or other media.