Definition of reader in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrēdər/


1A person who reads or who is fond of reading: the books of Roald Dahl appeal to young readers she’s an avid reader
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  • It should also appeal to younger readers who seldom read Tamil books.
  • If it is partly the aim of a literary festival to enthuse new, young readers, these two readings don't look like setting them on fire.
  • Quiet and serious, he was an avid reader whose choice of reading material revealed fundamentalist tendencies which made him easily fall prey to a terrorist cell.
1.1A person who reads a particular newspaper, magazine, or text: Times readers
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  • Newspapers are not succeeding in getting the children of the current older generation of readers to read newspapers.
  • Following complaints from readers, the newspaper's faith in its columnist plummeted and he was sacked.
  • I am grateful to your newspaper and readers for their strong support for this vital new rail link for London.
1.2 short for lay reader.
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  • Deacons, subdeacons, and readers assist the priests during services.
  • Women now have the right to be ministers of the Eucharist and readers of the Word, but not priests.
  • It is too bad that we often put readers, ordained and lay, in costumes that shackle the creative reading of texts.
1.3A person entitled to use a particular library.
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  • This year, the AWIC is giving award to 30 children who have been regular readers in their respective libraries.
  • Mr Coates said libraries must treble their spending on books, increase opening hours and redecorate and redesign libraries to attract readers.
  • Curious readers have started browsing libraries for anything that can enlighten them on the enigma.
1.4A 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.
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  • Our FREE market update service `Readers Wanted', sent to you by e-mail monthly for twelve months.
2A person who inspects and records the figure indicated on a measuring instrument: a meter reader
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  • 50 years ago: Columnist John Blunt asked if readers' gas or electricity meter reader doffed his hat politely when he called.
  • Three days later she was found dead at her home by a visiting electricity meter reader.
  • And you said no one ever recognizes you, that you're 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.
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  • You can, however, fit a few dozen large textbooks into a book reader the size of one paperback-a boon for medical students, for instance.
  • Not the latest book in the early readers series, but another example of the mysterious culture of local television comedy.
  • For Grade 1, readers were selected as they are in many cases the first books that children encounter.
4 (usually Reader) British A university lecturer of the highest grade below professor.
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  • He was a Visiting Fellow with the Centre for Development Studies at Thiruvanathapuram, before moving over to the Postgraduate Centre of the University of Madras in Tiruchi as a Reader in Economics.
  • Formerly a Reader in the Chemistry Department at the University of Dundee, he died suddenly in 1998 while. on holiday in Bavaria.
  • In March 2002 I was promoted to the position of Reader in the Faculty of Music.
5A machine for producing on a screen a magnified, readable image of any desired part of a microfiche or microfilm.
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  • In the recorder's office, members of the public were studying computer screens and microfiche readers.
  • The magic lantern and the cinema spawned the microfilm reader.
  • Even on a miserable late summer afternoon it is humming - quite literally, because of its bank of microfiche readers which are all occupied.
5.1 Computing A device or piece of software used for reading or obtaining data stored on tape, cards, or other media.
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  • A system consists of an input or reader device, stored biometric data on known users and software that performs matches.
  • The infrastructure is all there to do that: software on the reader and a communications system between the readers and some central point.
  • Cardholders will simply swipe their card through a reader to gain access to the relevant forms of transport.


Old English rǣdere 'interpreter of dreams, reader'.

Words that rhyme with reader

Aïda, bleeder, Breda, cedar, conceder, corrida, Derrida, Elfreda, e-reader, Etheldreda, feeder, follow-my-leader, interceder, interpleader, kneader, leader, Leda, Lieder, misleader, pleader, seceder, seeder, speeder, stampeder, succeeder, weeder

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Syllabification: read·er

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