Reading - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈriːdɪŋ|  American pronunciation of the word reading
Brit.  |ˈriːdɪŋ|  British pronunciation of the word reading
- this word is used as a present participle form of the verb 'to be'to read


- the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message
- a particular interpretation or performance
- a datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument(syn: indication)
- written material intended to be read
- a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something (syn: interpretation, version)
- a city on the River Thames in Berkshire in southern England
- a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance (syn: recital, recitation)
- the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments


The family attended the reading of her will.

The speech ended with a reading from his latest novel.

He needs help in reading.

The teacher gave us a list of books for further reading on the subject.

He has done a lot of reading on this subject.

The reading for today is about human cloning.

Moby-Dick is required reading for any scholar of 19th-century American literature.

The pastor selected a reading for tonight's service.

You will not be able to absorb the material in one reading.

She gave him her reading of the matter.

She loves reading.

Reading is taught using a combination of several methods.

Her main reading seems to be mystery novels.

There's a list of further reading (=other things you can read) at the end of each chapter.

The book is quite difficult on first reading.

Word forms

singular: reading
plural: readings
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