reading Definition

  • 1the action or skill of reading written or printed matter silently or aloud
  • 2an occasion at which pieces of literature are read to an audience
  • 3an interpretation of a particular situation or feeling

Using reading: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "reading" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I enjoy reading books in my free time.

  • Example

    The reading of the will took place in the lawyer's office.

  • Example

    Her reading of the situation was that he was not interested in her.

  • Example

    He gave a reading of his latest poem at the literary festival.

reading Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using reading

  • deserving to be read, interesting or informative


    This book is definitely worth reading, it changed my perspective on life.

  • to understand the hidden or implied meaning in a text or situation


    When she said she was too busy to meet, I knew there was more to it - I had to read between the lines.

  • have one's nose in a book

    to be reading a book, especially with great concentration


    She always has her nose in a book, even during lunch breaks.

Phrases with reading

  • reading material that is easy and entertaining, usually for relaxation


    I brought some light reading for the beach vacation.

  • a careful and critical analysis of a text, often used in literary studies


    The professor assigned a close reading of Shakespeare's sonnets for the next class.

  • a technique of reading quickly by scanning the text and focusing on key words


    She learned speed reading to help her finish her assignments faster.

Origins of reading

from Old English 'rǣding', meaning 'the action of reading'


Summary: reading in Brief

Reading [ˈriːdɪŋ] refers to the act of reading written or printed material, as well as occasions where literature is read aloud. It can also refer to interpreting a situation or feeling. Examples include 'I enjoy reading books in my free time,' and 'He gave a reading of his latest poem at the literary festival.' Phrases like 'light reading' and idioms like 'read between the lines' add nuance to the term.

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