how to pronounce read


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the above transcription of read is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

read is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of read in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… you asked me to read it it's some 400 …”

meanings of read


  1. To recognise (someone) as being transgender.
  2. To read work(s) written by (a named author).
  3. Used after a euphemism to introduce the intended, more blunt meaning of a term.
  4. To substitute (a corrected piece of text in place of an erroneous one); used to introduce an emendation of a text.
  5. Of text, etc., to be interpreted or read in a particular way.
  6. To think, believe; to consider (that).
  7. To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.
  8. To advise; to counsel. See rede.
  9. To call attention to the flaws of (someone) in either a playful, a taunting, or an insulting way.
  10. To observe and comprehend (a displayed signal).
  11. To look at and interpret letters or other information that is written.
  12. To fetch data from (a storage medium, etc.).
  13. To be able to hear what another person is saying over a radio connection.
  14. Past participle.
  15. To interpret, or infer a meaning, significance, thought, intention, etc. from.
  16. Simple past tense.
  17. To consist of certain text.
  18. To speak aloud words or other information that is written. Often construed with a to phrase or an indirect object.
  19. To tell; to declare; to recite.


  1. The identification of a specific sequence of genes in a genome or bases in a nucleic acid string.
  2. A reading or an act of reading, especially of an actor's part of a play or a piece of stored data.
  3. Something to be read; a written work.
  4. A person's interpretation or impression of something.
  5. An instance of reading (“calling attention to someone's flaws; a taunt or insult").


  1. A surname, a less common spelling variant of Reid.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

read frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word read occurs in english on average 551 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics read can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that read can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to read


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