Share this entry

Translation of read in Spanish:

transitive verb past tense & past participle readPronunciation: /red/

American English: /rid/
British English: /riːd/
  • 1
    to read somebody's lips
    leerle los labios a alguien
    I can't read your writing
    no te entiendo la letra
    I can read French, but not speak it
    puedo leer en francés, pero no lo hablo
    for '800', read '80'
    donde dice 800 léase 80
    to read something to somebody, to read somebody something
    leerle algo a alguien
    I read myself to sleep
    leo hasta que me quedo dormido
    to read somebody's mind or thoughts
    adivinarle or leerle el pensamiento a alguien
    to take something as readAmerican English: /rid/
    British English: /riːd/
    dar algo por sentado or por hecho
    (lit) (minutes)
    dar algo por leído
    Example sentences
    • Still, since only the two of us ever read this stuff, it barely matters, does it?
    • In all of the books she had ever read the main character always had some sort of friend.
    • The nature of these disclosures, and the colorful language used, strongly support the belief that no one ever reads this material.
    Example sentences
    • The desert is an unforgiving place to those who cannot read its signs or understand its subtle warnings.
    • Jesus wants those who read the signs of nature to ponder the real signs of the times.
    • As such, the glories of nature can be read as harbingers of a future still arriving.
  • 2 2.1 (interpret)
    to read something right or correctly
    interpretar algo bien
    I read his attitude as one of deep hostility
    su actitud me parece sumamente hostil
    to read something into somethinghe read deep significance into her every remark
    a todo lo que decía le buscaba un significado profundo
    I think you're reading too much into it
    creo que le estás dando demasiada importancia
    Example sentences
    • He had learned to read her moods and expressions well in the past year since they had married.
    • Gregory reached out subconsciously with his mind, reading her feelings of horror and fear.
    • She was reading his emotions, the ones that were bottled up inside without use.
    2.2 (hear, receive) (Telecommunications) [colloquial]do you read me, alpha?
    ¿alfa, me recibe?
    I'm reading you loud and clear
    te oigo perfectamente bien
    Example sentences
    • Hello, Earth, Do You Read Me? How might the first intelligence from an extraterrestrial civilization be transmitted to earth?
    • Science fiction is not obsolete - do you read me?
  • 3 3.1
    the sign readAmerican English: /rid/
    British English: /riːd/
    'closed for repairs'
    el letrero decía or ponía 'cerrado por reformas'
    Example sentences
    • On the right-hand side, stark text reads thus: ‘What, we ask, might this trigger economically?’
    • T-shirts are also available, the sign reads on.
    • The third floor sign reads: Floor 3: These men have highly paid jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking, and help with the housework.
    3.2 (indicate)
    Example sentences
    • The viral load measure can read as high as a million, depending on the limits of the lab test.
    • If the thermometer reads 98.6°F, then you don't have a fever and you can learn more about how heat makes other things expand.
    • Cook, stirring as little as possible, until the thermometer reads 300 F degrees.
    3.3 (note indication)
    Example sentences
    • The man is believed to have been operating in the area for some time and the victim of the assault had allowed him into her home in August to read her gas meter.
    • She says that the guy had come to read the gas meter earlier and the woman was not home.
    • The 73 year old victim let a man into her home who claimed he needed to read the gas meter but she did not ask for identification at this stage.
  • 4 (Computing)
    Example sentences
    • Depending on what the charge inside is, the computer reads the memory cell as a ‘1’ or ‘0’.
    • If your computer is constantly reading from your hard disk, it's time to upgrade.
    • Computers read data tracks first, but the data track has to be located at the end of the CD.
  • 5 (British) (University)
    estudiar (en la universidad)
    Example sentences
    • He then entered the University of Cambridge to read general studies before taking up physics.
    • Roberts went to university to read English and theatre studies, where her problem continued.
    • The former Leeds Girls High School pupil from Roundhay, is now reading Oriental Studies at Cambridge University.

intransitive verb past tense & past participle readPronunciation: /red/

American English: /rid/
British English: /riːd/
  • 1
    can't you read?
    ¿no sabes leer?
    to read to somebody
    leerle a alguien
    to read about something/somebodyI readAmerican English: /rid/
    British English: /riːd/
    , about it in the paper
    lo leí en el diario
    I like reading about film stars
    me gusta leer (cosas) sobre la vida de las estrellas de cine
    you should read about the period first
    primero deberías leer un poco acerca del período histórico
    to read through something
    leer algo
  • 2 2.1 (come across) your article reads well
    tu artículo está bien escrito
    this sentence reads rather awkwardly
    esta oración no suena muy bien
    it reads like a Victorian novel
    tiene el estilo de una novela victoriana
    2.2 (have as text) his letter reads as follows: …
    su carta dice lo siguiente: …
    su carta reza así: … [formal]
    how does the last verse read?
    ¿qué dice or cómo es el último verso?


American English: /rid/
British English: /riːd/
  • (no plural) it's a good read
    es ameno
    es de lectura amena
    I settled down for a nice, long read
    me dispuse a pasar un rato agradable leyendo
    there was only time to give it a quick read
    apenas si hubo tiempo de hojearlo or de leerlo por encima


American English: /rid/
British English: /riːd/
  • to be widely or well read
    ser muy leído
    ser de gran or amplia cultura
    you're better read in this subject than I am
    tú sabes más que yo de este tema
    tú estás más informado que yo sobre este tema

Phrasal verbs

read back

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
volver a leer
read it back to me, please
vuélvemelo a leer, por favor
I read, my notes back to myself
volví a leer or releí mis apuntes

read off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
leer (uno por uno)

read out

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (read aloud)
leer (en voz alta)
I read, it out to them
se lo leí
2verb + object + adverb (expel) (US) he was read, out of the club/party
lo echaron del club/de la fiesta

read over

read through verb + object + adverb
leer (por entero)

read up

1verb + adverbto read up (on something) 2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(British) (subject)
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.