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3 letters words from 'read'

RED 4 

2 letters words from 'read'

AD 3AE 2
AR 2DA 3
DE 3EA 2
ED 3ER 2
RE 2 

All 4 letters words made out of read

read erad raed ared eard aerd reda erda rdea drea edra dera rade arde rdae drae adre dare eadr aedr edar dear ader daer

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Definitions and meaning of read


Etymology 1

From Middle English reden, from Old English rǣdan (to counsel, advise, consult; interpret, read), from Proto-Germanic *rēdaną (advise, counsel), from Proto-Indo-European *Hreh₁dʰ- (to arrange). Cognate with Scots rede, red (to advise, counsel, decipher, read), Saterland Frisian räide (to advise, counsel), West Frisian riede (to advise, counsel), Dutch raden (to advise; guess, counsel, rede), German raten (to advise; guess), Danish råde (to advise), Swedish råda (to advise, counsel). The development from ‘advise’ to ‘interpret, interpret letters, read’ is unique to English among Germanic languages. Compare rede.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɹid/
  • enPR: rēd, IPA(key): /ɹiːd/
  • Rhymes: -iːd
  • Homophones: reed, rede


read (third-person singular simple present reads, present participle reading, simple past read, past participle read or (archaic, dialectal) readen)

  1. (transitive or intransitive) To look at and interpret letters or other information that is written.
    • 1661, John Fell, The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond
      During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant []
    Synonyms: interpret, make out, make sense of, understand, scan
  2. (transitive or intransitive) To speak aloud words or other information that is written. Often construed with a to phrase or an indirect object.
    Synonym: read aloud, read out, read out loud, speak
  3. (transitive) To read work(s) written by (a named author).
  4. (transitive) To interpret, or infer a meaning, significance, thought, intention, etc. from.
  5. To consist of certain text.
  6. (ergative) Of text, etc., to be interpreted or read in a particular way.
  7. (transitive) To substitute (a corrected piece of text in place of an erroneous one); used to introduce an emendation of a text.
    • 1832, John Lemprière et al., Bibliotheca classica, Seventh Edition, W. E. Dean, page 263:
      In Livy, it is nearly certain that for Pylleon we should read Pteleon, as this place is mentioned in connection with Antron.
  8. (informal, usually ironic) Used after a euphemism to introduce the intended, more blunt meaning of a term.
    • 2009, Suzee Vlk et al., The GRE Test for Dummies, Sixth Edition, Wiley Publishing, →ISBN, page 191:
      Eliminate illogical (read: stupid) answer choices.
  9. (transitive, telecommunications) To be able to hear what another person is saying over a radio connection.
    Synonyms: copy, hear, receive
  10. (transitive, rail transport) To observe and comprehend (a displayed signal)
  11. (transitive, Commonwealth of Nations, except Scotland) To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.
    Synonyms: learn, study
  12. (computing, transitive) To fetch data from (a storage medium, etc.).
  13. (obsolete) To think, believe; to consider (that).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.i:
      But now, faire Ladie, comfort to you make, / And read [] / That short reuenge the man may ouertake []
  14. (obsolete) To advise; to counsel. See rede.
    • 1528, William Tyndale, The Obedience of a Christen man
      Therfore, I read thee, get to Gods word, and thereby trye all doctrine []
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, London: William Ponsonbie, Book 1, Canto 1, p. 6,[2]
      This is the wandring wood, this Errours den,
      A monster vile, whom God and man does hate:
      Therefore I read beware.
  15. (obsolete) To tell; to declare; to recite.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.iv:
      But read how art thou named, and of what kin.
  16. (transitive) To recognise (someone) as being transgender.
    Synonym: clock
    Antonym: pass
  17. (at first especially in the black LGBT community) To call attention to the flaws of (someone) in either a playful, a taunting, or an insulting way.
    • 1997, Framing Culture: Africanism, Sexuality and Performance, page 186 (also discussing Paris is Burning):
      Snapping, we are told, comes from reading, or exposing hidden flaws in a person's life, and out of reading comes shade []
    • 2013, Queer Looks, page 114 (discussing Paris is Burning and "the ball world"):
      [One] assumes that such language contests are racially motivated—black folks talking back to white folks. However, the ball world makes it clear that blacks can read each other too.
Derived terms


read (plural reads)

  1. A reading or an act of reading, especially of an actor's part of a play or a piece of stored data.
    • 1879, Frederick James Furnivall, letter to the editor of "The Spectator"
      One newswoman here lets magazines for a penny a read.
    • 1958, Philip Larkin, Self's the Man
      And when he finishes supper / Planning to have a read at the evening paper / It's Put a screw in this wall— / He has no time at all []
    • 2006, MySQL administrator's guide and language reference (page 393)
      In other words, the system can do 1200 reads per second with no writes, the average write is twice as slow as the average read, and the relationship is linear.
  2. (in combination) Something to be read; a written work.
    His thrillers are always a gripping read.
  3. A person's interpretation or impression of something.
    What's your read of the current political situation?
  4. (at first especially in the black LGBT community) An instance of reading (calling attention to someone's flaws; a taunt or insult).
    • 1997, Framing Culture: Africanism, Sexuality and Performance, page 186 (also discussing Paris is Burning):
      [As] Corey points out, "if you and I are both black queens then we can't call each other black queens because that's not a read. That's a [fact]."
  5. (biochemistry) The identification of a specific sequence of genes in a genome or bases in a nucleic acid string
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English redde (simple past), red, rad (past participle), from Old English rǣdde (simple past), (ġe)rǣded (past participle), conjugations of rǣdan (to read); see above.


  • enPR: rĕd, IPA(key): /ɹɛd/
  • Rhymes: -ɛd
  • Homophones: red, redd



  1. inflection of read:
    1. simple past tense
    2. past participle

See also

Pages starting with “read”.


  • 'eard, DARE, Dare, Dear, Rade, Reda, ared, dare, dear, rade




  1. nominative plural of rida

Old English


From Proto-West Germanic *raud, from Proto-Germanic *raudaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁rowdʰós < *h₁rewdʰ-.

Germanic cognates: Old Frisian rād (West Frisian read), Old Saxon rōd (Low German root, rod), Dutch rood, Old High German rōt (German rot), Old Norse rauðr (Danish rød, Swedish röd, Icelandic rauður), Gothic 𐍂𐌰𐌿𐌸𐍃 (rauþs).

Indo-European cognates: Ancient Greek ἐρυθρός (eruthrós), Latin ruber, Old Irish rúad, Lithuanian raũdas, Russian рудо́й (rudój).


  • IPA(key): /ræ͜ɑːd/



  1. red


Derived terms

  • rēadnes


  • Middle English: red, redde, reed, read, ræd
    • English: red
    • Scots: rede, reid
    • Yola: reed




  1. past participle of rea.


  • edra, reda

West Frisian


From Old Frisian rād



  1. red


Derived terms

  • reahart

Further reading

  • “read”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011

  • REACTUATE, to actuate again.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)