Definition of first reading noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    first reading

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  1. 1(in Britain) the first time that a bill is discussed in the House of Commons. Bills are formally announced at the first reading, and discussed in more detail in the second reading and the third reading.
  2. 2(in the US) the introduction of a bill in the House of Representatives or the Senate, usually by reading out its name or number.