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



    BrE BrE//ˈriːdɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːdɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the activity of somebody 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 for children a reading list (= a list of books, etc. that students are expected to read for a particular subject) 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. way of understanding
  6. 4[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.
  7. measurement
  8. 5  [countable] the amount or number shown on an instrument used for measuring something Meter readings are taken every three months.
  9. event
  10. 6[countable] an event at which something is read 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.
  11. from Bible
  12. 7[countable] a short section from the Bible that is read to people as part of a religious service The reading today is from the Book of Daniel.
  13. in parliament
  14. 8[countable] one of the stages during which a bill (= a proposal for a new law) must be discussed and accepted by a parliament before it can become law The bill looks like it will be given a second reading.
  15. Extra examples A reading of 25 or more is abnormally high. After extensive reading on the subject she set to work on an article. Dickens gave many public readings from his works. He asked her about her reading habits. He draws his morality from a literal reading of the Old Testament. He has a reading age of eight. Her assigned reading for English class was ‘Great Expectations’. His article should be compulsory reading for law students. His reading about Ruskin led him to the works of Turner. Horror is hardly my idea of bedtime reading. I haven’t had time to do much reading lately. I need to get down to some serious reading. I saw a staged reading of the new play ‘Light’. In the holidays I’ll get down to some serious reading. Longinus provides a sensitive reading of Sappho’s poem. My map-reading skills are not the best. She has a good reading knowledge of Russian. Temperature readings were recorded throughout the day. The book is worthwhile reading for anyone interested in the Industrial Revolution. The dials were giving higher readings than we had expected. Their story makes compulsive reading. These paintings often invite an allegorical reading. We assign readings from different contexts and periods of history. We met at a reading of his poetry. her attentive and insightful reading of the manuscript readings from the Koran some light holiday reading He was invited to give a poetry reading as part of the literary festival. The reading was given by Mrs Smith. Those conclusions are based on a literal reading of the text.