interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior; "She read the sky and predicted rain"; "I can't read his strange behavior"; "The fortune teller read his fate in the crystal ball"
obtain data from magnetic tapes; "This dictionary can be read by the computer"
indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments; "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; "The gauge read `empty'"
audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role; "He is auditioning for `Julius Caesar' at Stratford this year"
the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments; "he has a job meter reading for the gas company"
have or contain a certain wording or form; "The passage reads as follows"; "What does the law say?"
the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message; "his main reading was detective stories"; "suggestions for further reading"