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[reed] /rid/
noun
1.
George, 1733–98, American political leader: served in the Continental Congress 1774–77.
2.
Sir Herbert, 1893–1968, English critic and poet.
3.
a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “red.”.
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British Dictionary definitions for herbert, sir

read1

/riːd/
verb reads, reading, read (rɛd)
1.
to comprehend the meaning of (something written or printed) by looking at and interpreting the written or printed characters
2.
to be occupied in such an activity: he was reading all day
3.
when tr, often foll by out. to look at, interpret, and speak aloud (something written or printed): he read to us from the Bible
4.
(transitive) to interpret the significance or meaning of through scrutiny and recognition: he read the sky and predicted rain, to read a map
5.
(transitive) to interpret or understand the meaning of (signs, characters, etc) other than by visual means: to read Braille
6.
(transitive) to have sufficient knowledge of (a language) to understand the written or printed word: do you read German?
7.
(transitive) to discover or make out the true nature or mood of: to read someone's mind
8.
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
9.
(transitive) to adopt as a reading in a particular passage: for ``boon'' read ``bone''
10.
(intransitive) to have or contain a certain form or wording: the sentence reads as follows
11.
to undertake a course of study in (a subject): to read history, read for the bar
12.
to gain knowledge by reading: he read about the war
13.
(transitive) to register, indicate, or show: the meter reads 100
14.
(transitive) to bring or put into a specified condition by reading: to read a child to sleep
15.
(transitive) to hear and understand, esp when using a two-way radio: we are reading you loud and clear
16.
(computing) to obtain (data) from a storage device, such as magnetic tape Compare write (sense 16)
17.
(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
18.
(informal) read a lesson, read a lecture, to censure or reprimand, esp in a long-winded manner
19.
read between the lines, to perceive or deduce a meaning that is hidden or implied rather than being openly stated
20.
(Austral, informal) you wouldn't read about it, an expression of dismay, disgust, or disbelief
noun
21.
matter suitable for reading: this new book is a very good read
22.
the act of reading
Word Origin
Old English rǣdan to advise, explain; related to Old Frisian rēda, Old High German rātan, Gothic garēdan

read2

/rɛd/
verb
1.
the past tense and past participle of read1
adjective
2.
having knowledge gained from books (esp in the phrases widely read, well-read)
3.
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

v.

Old English rædan (West Saxon), redan (Anglian) "to advise, counsel, persuade; discuss, deliberate; rule, guide; arrange, equip; forebode; read, explain; learn by reading; put in order" (related to ræd, red "advice"), from Proto-Germanic *raedanan (cf. Old Norse raða, Old Frisian reda, Dutch raden, Old High German ratan, German raten "to advise, counsel, guess"), from PIE root *re(i)- "to reason, count" (cf. Sanskrit radh- "to succeed, accomplish," Greek arithmos "number amount," Old Church Slavonic raditi "to take thought, attend to," Old Irish im-radim "to deliberate, consider"). Words from this root in most modern Germanic languages still mean "counsel, advise."

Sense of "make out the character of (a person)" is attested from 1610s. Connected to riddle via notion of "interpret." Transference to "understand the meaning of written symbols" is unique to Old English and (perhaps under English influence) Old Norse raða. Most languages use a word rooted in the idea of "gather up" as their word for "read" (cf. French lire, from Latin legere). Read up "study" is from 1842; read out (v.) "expel by proclamation" (Society of Friends) is from 1788. read-only in computer jargon is recorded from 1961.

n.

"an act of reading," 1825, from read (v.).

adj.

1580s, "having knowledge gained from reading," in well-read, etc., past participle adjective from read (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for herbert, sir

read

noun
  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+)
verb
  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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Idioms and Phrases with herbert, sir
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