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Synonyms of read in English:


  • 1 he sat reading the evening newspaper
    peruse, study, scrutinize, look through;
    pore over, devour, be absorbed in, bury oneself in;
    run one's eye over, cast an eye over, leaf through, scan, glance through, flick through, skim through, thumb through, flip through, browse through, dip into
    archaic con
  • 2 ‘Listen to this,’ he said and read a passage of the letter
    read out, read aloud, say aloud, recite, declaim
  • 3 I can't read my own writing
    decipher, make out, make sense of, interpret, understand, comprehend
  • 4 his remark could be read as a dig at Forsyth
    interpret, take, take to mean, construe, see, explain, understand
  • 5 the thermometer read 0°C
    indicate, register, record, display, show, have as a reading, measure
  • 6 I can't read your future, you know
  • 7 he went on to read modern history at Oxford
    study, do, take;
    North American & Australian/New Zealand  major in
  • Phrases

    read something into something
    officials cautioned against reading too much into the statistics
    read someone the riot act
    they read me the riot act on fighting and grounded me
    informal tell off, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, bawl out, pitch into, lay into, lace into, blow up at, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking
    North American informal chew out, ream out
    British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking
    read up on
    Chris had read up on this particular method of teaching children to write
    study, get up
    informal bone up on
    British informal mug up on, swot
    archaic con
    take as read
    it is taken as read that our products must be good
    presuppose, take for granted, presume, assume, take it, suppose, surmise, think, accept, consider, postulate, posit


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  • I settled down for a read of ‘The Irish Press’
  • Word links

    legible readable
    illegible unreadable
    literacy ability to read
    illiteracy inability to read
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