Synonyms of read in English:


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1‘he sat reading the evening newspaper’

peruse, study, scrutinize, look through
pore over, devour, be absorbed in, bury oneself in
wade through, plough through
run one's eye over, cast an eye over, leaf through, scan, glance through, flick through, skim through, thumb through, flip through, browse through, dip into
archaic con

2‘‘Listen to this,’ he said and read a passage of the letter’

read out, read aloud, say aloud, recite, declaim

3‘I can't read my own writing’

decipher, make out, make sense of, interpret, understand, comprehend

4‘his remark could be read as a dig at Forsyth’

interpret, take, take to mean, construe, see, explain, understand

5‘the thermometer read 0°C’

indicate, register, record, display, show, have as a reading, measure

6‘I can't read your future, you know’

foresee, predict, forecast, foretell, prophesy, divine, prognosticate
archaic augur, presage

7‘he went on to read modern history at Oxford’

study, do, take
North American, Australian, New Zealand major in


1‘I settled down for a read of ‘The Irish Press’’

perusal, study, scan, scrutiny
look, look at, browse, browse through, glance, glance through, leaf, leaf through, flick, flick through, skim, skim through


    take as read

    ‘it is taken as read that our products must be good’

    presuppose, take for granted, presume, assume, take it, suppose, surmise, think, accept, consider, postulate, posit
    read something into something

    ‘officials cautioned against reading too much into the statistics’

    infer from, interpolate from, assume from, attribute to
    read between the lines, get hold of the wrong end of the stick
    read someone the riot act

    ‘they read me the riot act on fighting and grounded me’

    reprimand, rebuke, scold, admonish, reprove, upbraid, chastise, chide, censure, castigate, lambast, berate, lecture, criticize, take to task, give a piece of one's mind to, haul over the coals
    informal tell off, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, bawl out, pitch into, lay into, lace into, blow up at, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking
    British informal have a go at, carpet, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, let someone have it
    North American informal chew out, ream out
    British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking, tear someone a new arsehole, rip someone a new arsehole
    North American vulgar slang chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass, tear someone a new asshole, rip someone a new asshole
    read up on

    ‘Chris had read up on this particular method of teaching children to write’

    study, get up
    informal bone up on
    British informal mug up on, swot
    archaic con