Reader - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈriːdər|  American pronunciation of the word reader
Brit.  |ˈriːdə|  British pronunciation of the word reader


- a person who enjoys reading
- someone who contracts to receive and pay for a service or a certain number of issues of a publication (syn: subscriber)
- a person who can read; a literate person
- someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication (syn: referee, reviewer)
- someone who reads proof in order to find errors and mark corrections (syn: proofreader)
- someone who reads the lessons in a church service; someone ordained in a minor order of the Roman Catholic Church (syn: lector)
- a public lecturer at certain universities (syn: lector, lecturer)
- one of a series of texts for students learning to read


The book's ending leaves readers to draw their own conclusions.

a magazine with three million readers

The book will appeal to young readers.

I've always been an avid reader (=someone who reads a lot).

He's a great reader of crime fiction.

The newspaper gradually lost readers during the 1980s.

The story really grips the reader.

The book gives the reader plenty of clues to solve the mystery.

...numerous typos in the text detract the reader's attention from the novel's intricate plot...

...the surprise ending will dumbfound even the most seasoned mystery reader...

the ability to make complex concepts intelligible to the average reader

...the novel's plot is kinetic and fast-paced, and its effect on the reader is much like that of a surfeit of caffeine...

She is an omnivorous reader.

...subjoined an epilogue that informs the reader of the current doings and whereabouts of the participants in this real-life mystery...

This sequence of events strains the reader's credibility.

Word forms

singular: reader
plural: readers
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