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[reed] /rid/
George, 1733–98, American political leader: served in the Continental Congress 1774–77.
Sir Herbert, 1893–1968, English critic and poet.
a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “red.”. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for herbert, sir read


verb reads, reading, read (rɛd)
to comprehend the meaning of (something written or printed) by looking at and interpreting the written or printed characters
to be occupied in such an activity he was reading all day
when tr, often foll by out. to look at, interpret, and speak aloud (something written or printed) he read to us from the Bible
(transitive) to interpret the significance or meaning of through scrutiny and recognition he read the sky and predicted rain, to read a map
(transitive) to interpret or understand the meaning of (signs, characters, etc) other than by visual means to read Braille
(transitive) to have sufficient knowledge of (a language) to understand the written or printed word do you read German?
(transitive) to discover or make out the true nature or mood of to read someone's mind
to interpret or understand (something read) in a specified way, or (of something read) to convey a particular meaning or impression I read this speech as satire, this book reads well
(transitive) to adopt as a reading in a particular passage for ``boon'' read ``bone''
(intransitive) to have or contain a certain form or wording the sentence reads as follows
to undertake a course of study in (a subject) to read history, read for the bar
to gain knowledge by reading he read about the war
(transitive) to register, indicate, or show the meter reads 100
(transitive) to bring or put into a specified condition by reading to read a child to sleep
(transitive) to hear and understand, esp when using a two-way radio we are reading you loud and clear
(computing) to obtain (data) from a storage device, such as magnetic tape Compare write (sense 16)
(transitive) to understand (written or printed music) by interpretation of the notes on the staff and to be able to reproduce the musical sounds represented by these notes
(informal) read a lesson, read a lecture, to censure or reprimand, esp in a long-winded manner
read between the lines, to perceive or deduce a meaning that is hidden or implied rather than being openly stated
(Austral, informal) you wouldn't read about it, an expression of dismay, disgust, or disbelief
matter suitable for reading this new book is a very good read
the act of reading
Word Origin
Old English rǣdan to advise, explain; related to Old Frisian rēda, Old High German rātan, Gothic garēdan


the past tense and past participle of read1
having knowledge gained from books (esp in the phrases widely read, well-read)
take something as read, to take something for granted as a fact; understand or presume
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Word Origin and History for herbert, sir read
O.E. rædan (W.Saxon), redan (Anglian) "to explain, read, rule, advise" (related to ræd, red "advice"), from P.Gmc. *raedanan (cf. O.N. raða, O.Fris. reda, Du. raden, O.H.G. ratan, Ger. raten "to advise, counsel, guess"), from PIE base *rei- "to reason, count" (cf. Skt. radh- "to succeed, accomplish," Gk. arithmos "number amount," O.C.S. raditi "to take thought, attend to," O.Ir. im-radim "to deliberate, consider"). Connected to riddle via notion of "interpret." Words from this root in most modern Gmc. languages still mean "counsel, advise." Transference to "understand the meaning of written symbols" is unique to O.E. and (perhaps under Eng. influence) O.N. raða. Most languages use a word rooted in the idea of "gather up" as their word for "read" (cf. Fr. lire, from L. legere). Sense of "make out the character of (a person)" is attested from 1611. The noun meaning "an act of reading" is recorded from 1825. Read up "study" is from 1842; read-only in computer jargon is recorded from 1961. O.E. ræda "advise, counsel" is in the name of Anglo-Saxon king Æðelræd II (968-1016), lit. "good counsel," and in his epithet Unræd, usually rendered into Mod.Eng. as Unready, but really meaning "no-counsel." Rede "counsel" survived in poetic usage to 17c. An attempted revival by Scott (19c.) failed, though it is used in Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings."
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Slang definitions & phrases for herbert, sir read


  1. A book or other printed matter: Ultimately, it's Maas' reporter's eye for detail that makes ''China White'' a great read (1958+)
  2. Understanding; interpretation; take: What's your read on this? (1990s+)
  1. To inspect clothing for lice (WWI Army)
  2. To receive and interpret a radio signal; understand: He's breaking up and I can't read him (1940s+ Radio operators)
  3. To understand; dig: I read you, baby, and I flatly agree (1956+)

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