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1. A person who reads, especially:
a. A person who regularly reads certain material: a reader of crime novels.
b. See lay reader.
c. A person employed by a publisher to read and evaluate manuscripts.
d. One who corrects printers' proofs; a proofreader.
e. A teaching assistant who reads and grades examination papers.
2. Chiefly British A university teacher, especially one ranking next below a professor.
a. A textbook of reading exercises.
b. An anthology, especially a literary anthology.
4. Any of various devices that read or retrieve data from a storage device or credit card.
5. See e-reader.
6. readers Glasses that are used primarily for reading.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
See Also: BOOKS
- Deprive him [the habitual reader] of printed matter and he grows nervous, moody and restless; then, like the alcoholic bereft of brandy who will drink shellac or methylated spirit, he will make do with the advertisements of a paper five years old; he will make do with a telephone directory —W. Somerset Maugham
- A person who cannot read is something like a blind man walking through a pleasant meadow, where there are flowers and fruit trees; there are many pleasant things and many wise and good things printed in books, but we cannot get them unless we read —Timothy Dwight
- Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body —Sir Richard Steele
- The reading of detective stories is an addiction like tobacco or alcohol —W. H. Auden
- Reading that is only whimful and desultory amounts to a kind of cultural vagrancy. It neither wets nor fortifies the mind. It merely distracts and tires it like traffic noises on an overcrowded street —John Mason Brown
- Reading the same book over and over again is a mechanical exercise like the Tibetan turning of a prayer-wheel —Clifton Fadiman
See Also: REPETITION
- Reads like some people wrestle; she gets involved —François Camoin
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