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Definition of reading noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the activity of someone who reads My hobbies include reading and painting. He needs more help with his reading. Are you any good at map reading? reading glasses (= worn when reading) a reading lamp/light (= one that can be moved to shine light onto something that you are reading) She has a reading knowledge of German (= she can understand written German).
  2. 2[singular] an act of reading something A closer (= more detailed) reading of the text reveals just how desperate he was feeling. We are all expected to attend the reading of her will.
  3. books/articles
  4. 3[uncountable] books, articles, etc. that are intended to be read reading matter/material a series of reading books (= books that teach children how to read) for children further reading (= at the end of a book, a list of other books that give more information about the same subject) The report makes for interesting reading (= it is interesting to read) The article is not exactly light reading (= it is not easy to read).
  5. 4[countable] a chapter or part of a book that is read in class or set for homework, etc.
  6. way of understanding
  7. 5[countable] reading (of something) the particular way in which you understand a book, situation, etc. synonym interpretation a literal reading of the text My own reading of events is less optimistic.
  8. measurement
  9. 6[countable] the amount or number shown on an instrument used for measuring something Meter readings are taken every three months.
  10. event
  11. 7[countable] an event at which someone reads something to an audience for entertainment; a piece of literature that is read at such an event a poetry reading The evening ended with a reading from her latest novel.
  12. from Bible/Koran/Torah
  13. 8[countable] a short section from the Bible, Koran, Torah, etc. that someone reads to people as part of a religious service The reading today is from the Book of Daniel.
  14. in parliament or congress
  15. 9[countable] one of the stages during which a bill (= a proposal for a new law) must be discussed and accepted by a parliament or congress before it can become law The bill looks like it will be given a second reading.