She stood awhile, as if lost in thought, and when I looked back I thought I could read upon her face trouble and fear.
And were he only—but I will not make you glow, as you read—upon my word I will not.
I mentioned, it is true, with fear and trembling, the only authors I had ever read upon those subjects.
The other, as I could read upon her wheel-house, was the “Magnolia.”
The future of Egypt may be read upon the walls of her ancient temples and tombs.
Each of these varied qualities might have been read upon his face.
He could read upon their dark scowling faces that something moved them exceedingly; but what it was he could not gather.
Mr. B. had an extract from a second letter to read upon this subject.
Emily attracted by its simply beauty, and drawing near, she stooped down and read upon the marble slab, "Dear Mina."
And you read upon this marble the list of his dramatic works.
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.
"an act of reading," 1825, from read (v.).
1580s, "having knowledge gained from reading," in well-read, etc., past participle adjective from read (v.).