There are 2 main definitions of reading in English:

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reading 1

Pronunciation: /ˈriːdɪŋ/


1 [mass noun] The action or skill of reading: the reading of a will suggestions for further reading [as modifier]: reading skills
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  • More than just reading skills are impaired, you can count on it.
  • A country of ten-year-olds should concentrate on their reading and comprehension skills.
  • His reading and writing skills have also dramatically changed.
1.1Written or printed matter that can be read: his main reading was detective stories [with adjective]: I found the article fascinating reading
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  • These biographies make fascinating reading filled with personal memories.
  • Your CV on the Department of Education's website makes for fascinating reading.
  • Also on that page is some fascinating reading about how earthquakes prove that the Earth is hollow.
1.2 [usually with adjective] Knowledge of literature: a man of wide reading
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  • Yet it is no surprise that the man who emerges in these pages should be so broadly intelligent, with a wide reading and knowledge of the arts.
  • These are the fruit of her intense and wide reading in primary literature.
  • It is my firm belief, based on experience and fairly wide reading, that they are wrong.
2An occasion at which pieces of literature are read to an audience: a poetry reading
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  • She was an accomplished reader of her own verse, and found a new young audience at the poetry readings which flourished in the 1960s.
  • Hence, perhaps, her later insistence on singing to the captive audiences at her poetry readings.
  • They also gained wider audiences through public readings in both poetry and prose.
2.1A piece of literature or passage of scripture that is read aloud: readings from the Bible
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  • The combined choirs will sing the traditional carols of the Christmas season and in addition there will be readings from Sacred Scripture.
  • There are many ways, but today let's focus on two, both of which are related to the Scripture readings we will hear at Mass.
  • Each service includes short scripture readings, petitions regarding mourning, suggestions for reflection, and room for journaling.
section, piece, selection;
recital, recitation
3A particular interpretation of a text or situation: feminist readings of Goethe
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  • It won't be a perfect fit, any more than modern feminist readings of the Bible are a perfect fit, but it will do for the time being.
  • McLeish believes it is the combination of strength, skill and also his reading of the game which makes him so difficult to play against.
  • He isn't as fast as Cole, but has tremendous skill and reading of the game.
interpretation, construal, understanding, account, explanation, analysis, construction;
informal take
4A figure or amount shown by a meter or other measuring instrument: radiation readings were taken every hour
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  • To reduce measurement error, this instrument takes three readings and computes an average.
  • If there is a large discrepancy between the water meter readings and the amount of water shown on the bill, a specialist is sent to investigate the problem.
  • Even frequent meter readings provided information about energy use after the fact, not allowing actions to be taken to reduce energy use or energy demand.
record, figure, indication, read-out, display, measurement
5A stage of debate in parliament through which a Bill must pass before it can become law: the Bill returns to the House for its final reading next week
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  • This bill still awaits the final reading and approval by Parliament.
  • Parliament approved their final reading on April 3 after much controversy.
  • It must pass two more readings in coming weeks before it is final.
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There are 2 main definitions of reading in English:

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Reading 2

Pronunciation: /ˈrɛdɪŋ/
A town in Berkshire, southern England, on the River Kennet near its junction with the Thames; population 142,300 (est. 2009).

Words that rhyme with Reading

heading, steading, wedding
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