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Translation of read in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado read /red/)

  • 1 [book/words/poem/lesson] leer*; [proofs] corregir*; [map/music/program] leer* to read sb's lips leerle* los labios a algn 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 sth to sb, to read sb sth leerle* algo a algn I read myself to sleep leo hasta que me quedo dormido to read sb's mind o thoughts adivinarle or leerle* el pensamiento a algn to take sth as read /red/ (assume) dar* algo por sentado or por hecho (lit) [minutes] dar* algo por leído
  • 2 2.1 (interpret) [sign/signal/mood/situation] interpretar to read sth right o correctly interpretar algo bien I read his attitude as one of deep hostility su actitud me parece sumamente hostilto read sth into sth he 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 2.2 (hear, receive) [Telecom] [colloquial/familiar] 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?
    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.
  • 3 3.1 [sign/notice] decir* the sign read /red/ 'closed for repairs' el letrero decía or ponía 'cerrado por reformas' 3.2 (indicate) [thermometer/gauge] marcar*
    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.
    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) [meter/thermometer/gauge] leer*
    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/Informática] leer*
    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.
    Example sentences
    • The DOM interface reads the entire XML file into memory and provides functions for traversing the XML hierarchy and retrieving the information.
    • I have written a basic Perl program that reads a list of URLs from a file, goes to the URL, looks for some information and then writes that information to another file.
    • It only works if you're already infected with an extractor that reads the code out of the images.
    Example sentences
    • Simply press a button and a red laser reads the bar code of the desired item.
    • It registers the severity of the crash by reading the deceleration data from the airbag's sensor.
    • Make sure you are reading the light from the moon and not any near by street lights etc.
  • 5 (British English/inglés británico) [Univ] [geography/classics] estudiar ([ en la universidad ])
    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
    • There are still people leaving school without the ability to read or write.
    • The ability to read and write, an experience of debate: these are essential to democracy.
    • Most lose or never develop the ability to read and write in their native language.
    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/verbo intransitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado read /red/)

  • 1 [person] leer* can't you read? ¿no sabes leer? to read to sb leerle* a algnto read about sth/sb I read /red/, 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 sth 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) decir* his letter reads as follows: … su carta dice lo siguiente or [formal] reza así: … how does the last verse read? ¿qué dice or cómo es el último verso?
    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.


  • (no plural/sin 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


  • to be widely o 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/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
volver* a leer read it back to me, please vuélvemelo a leer, por favor I read /red/, my notes back to myself volví a leer or releí mis apuntes

read off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[numbers/names] leer* ([ uno por uno ])

read out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (read aloud) leer* ([ en voz alta ]) I read /red/, it out to them se lo leí 1.1verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio (expel) (American English/inglés norteamericano) echar he was read /red/, out of the club/party lo echaron del club/de la fiesta

read over

read through verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio
leer* ([ por entero ])

read up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio to read up (on sth) estudiar (algo), investigar* (algo) 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (British English/inglés británico) [subject] estudiar; [notes] repasar

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