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Read (verb active)

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To Read. v.a. pret. read, part. pass. read. [ræd, Saxon.]

  1. To peruse any thing written.

    I have seen her take forth paper, write upon't, read it, and afterwards seal it. Shakesp. Macbeth.

    The passage you must have read, though since slipt out of your memory. Pope.

    If we have not leisure to read over the book itself regularly, then by the titles of chapters we may be directed to peruse several sections. Watt's Improvement of the Mind.

  2. To discover by characters or marks.

                An armed corse did lye,
    In whose dead face he read great magnanimity.
    Spenser.

  3. To learn by observation.

                      Those about her
    From her shall read the perfect ways of honour.
    Shakesp.

  4. To know fully.

                O most delicate fiend!
    Who is't can read a woman?
    Shakesp. Cymbeline.

Sources: Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Watts, Isaac (117)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Read (verb active)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 16, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=4355.


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