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read

 
pronunciation:
rid
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part of speech: verb
inflections: reads, reading, read
definition 1: to examine and understand the meaning of something written.
My little brother is learning to read.
 
definition 2: to speak aloud something written; recite.
The teacher reads one chapter of a book every afternoon after recess.
similar words:
dictate
definition 3: to understand the nature or meaning of.
As we study the animal's behavior, we learn to read its signals.
definition 4: to say or show.
The clock reads eight.
similar words:
register, say
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Are you looking for the word reed (tall grass)? Read and reed sound alike but have different meanings. The past tense of read and the color red also sound alike but have different meanings.
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