read

read
transitive verb
1. (to understand written symbols) 
a. leer 
Maria reads the newspaper every morning.María lee el periódico cada mañana.
2. (to say written words aloud) 
a. leer 
I read a story to my children every night.Leo un cuento a mis hijos todas las noches.
3. (to interpret) 
The way she reads it, she has a day leave.La manera en que ella lo interpreta es que tiene un día de permiso.
b. leer 
I think you read his email wrong; he doesn't seem mad to me.Creo que leíste mal su correo; a mí no me parece que esté enojado.
c. entender (people) 
I can't read her very well.No la entiendo muy bien.
4. (to hear) 
a. oír 
I read you loud and clear, soldier.Lo oigo alto y claro, soldado.
5. (to indicate) 
a. decir 
The sign reads "No exit".En el cartel dice "No hay salida".
b. marcar (device) 
The clock reads one o'clock.El reloj marca la una.
6. (to be a student of) (United Kingdom) 
a. estudiar 
My daughter reads History at Oxford.Mi hija estudia historia en la Universidad de Oxford.
7. (computing and telecommunications) 
a. leer 
I'm afraid the machine can't read your card.Me temo que la máquina no puede leer su tarjeta.
intransitive verb
8. (to understand written language) 
a. leer 
I love reading about foreign cultures.Me encanta leer sobre culturas extranjeras.
9. (to come across as) 
a. no direct translation 
It reads like the writing of a five-year-old child.Parece que lo ha escrito un niño de cinco años.
This example doesn't read well.Este ejemplo no está bien escrito.
10. (to state) 
a. decir 
His recommendation reads as follows: "Save for retirement".Su recomendación dice lo siguiente: "Ahorra para el retiro".
noun
11. (reading material) 
This novel is a good read for anyone.Esta novela es una buena lectura para cualquiera.
read
Noun
1. (general) 
a. no direct translation 
to have a read of somethingleer algo
this book's a good readeste libro se lee muy bien or es muy entretenido
transitive verb
2. (book, newspaper, letter) 
a. leer 
to read Italianleer en italiano
do you read me?¿me recibes?
3. (fig) 
a. no direct translation 
to take something as readdar por hecho or por sentado algo
4. (interpret) 
a. interpretar 
to read somebody's mindadivinar los pensamientos a alguien
it can be read in two waystiene una doble lectura
to read the futureadivinar el futuro
5. (say aloud; letter, poem) 
a. leer (en voz alta) 
6. (university) (United Kingdom) 
a. estudiar (study) 
7. (of dial, thermometer) 
a. marcar 
the sign read “No Entry”el letrero decía “prohibida la entrada”
intransitive verb
8. (person) 
a. leer 
to read aloudleer en alto or en voz alta
9. (fig) 
a. no direct translation 
to read between the linesleer entre líneas
10. (text) 
a. no direct translation 
to read well/badlyestar bien/mal escrito(a)
read [riːd] read (past) [red]
transitive verb
1 [+book, poem, story, music, sign] leer; [+author] leer a
can you read Russian? ¿sabes leer en ruso?; she can't read music no sabe leer música; I can't read your writing no entiendo tu letra; no puedo leer tu letra; for "boon" read "bone" en lugar de "boon" léase "bone"; I read "good" as "mood" al leer confundí "good" con "mood"
I sing to the boys or read them a story before tucking them in Jay reads poetry so beautifully she had brought me something to read why should you read Dante? can you read that traffic sign from here? I read the inscription with difficulty I read [that] he was getting divorced he read [what] I'd written to read sth [aloud] [out loud] today I have brought a book to read aloud I read the note out loud knowing that the police would hear me how does a poem change when you read it out loud as opposed to it being on the page? I read the letters aloud to colleagues
to read sth to sb to read sb sth leer algo a algn
I read her a bedtime story children everywhere love to have stories read to them
to read sth to o.s. leer algo para sí mismo
he read the poem over to himself several times he read musical scores to himself with evident appreciation
to read sb's lips leer los labios a algn
read my lips fíjate bien en lo que digo
to read the news leer las noticias
to read sb to sleep leerle a algn hasta que se quede dormido
to read o.s. to sleep leer hasta quedarse dormido
No one ever read herself to sleep with Still Murder or Gaudi Afternoon I am not an addict of escapist fantasy and never read myself to sleep with thrillers, predictable science fiction, or romance to read sth [through] ask the student to read it through first
to take sth as read dar algo por sentado
to take the minutes as read (in meeting) dar las actas por leídas
we can take that as read we took it as read that he must have been a KGB agent the case for aid to eastern Europe is taken as read
2 especially (Britain) (Univ) (study)
to read chemistry estudiar química; cursar estudios de química
she read French and German at Cambridge University
3 (interpret) [+map, meter, thermometer] leer
it is essential that you are able to read a thermometer/a map
[+information, remarks, expression, situation] interpretar; [+person] entender
the same information can be read in different ways la misma información se puede interpretar de varias formas; I've never been able to read him nunca he sido capaz de entenderle; this is how I read the situation así es como yo interpreto or veo la situación; I read the disappointment in her face le noté la decepción en la cara
how do you read his remarks on that subject? he wants to read the gas meter when officials like gas and electricity men call to read the meter, ask for identification if you have to work in a team you must learn to read people South Africans were praying last night that he has read the situation correctly under the shaded light her expression was difficult to read
to read sth as sth interpretar algo como algo
the play is being widely read as an allegory of imperialist conquest his book should be read as a warning against the pernicious influence of secret societies
to read the future leer or adivinar el porvenir
the Ashanti of East Africa read the future in the way their sacrificed chickens die
to read sb's hand or palm leerle la mano a algn
she was pretty good at Tarot cards, but also read my palm
to read sth into sth
you're reading too much into it le estás dando demasiada importancia; to read into a sentence what is not there ver en una frase un significado que no tiene
to read sb's mind or thoughts leerle el pensamiento a algn; adivinar el pensamiento a algn
from behind her, /as if he could read her thoughts/, Benny said, "you're free to go any time you like, Madame" she can read me like a book
4 (Telec)
do you read me? ¿me oye?; I read you loud and clear le oigo perfectamente
5 (say, indicate) [+notice] decir; [+thermometer, instrument] indicar; marcar
it should read "friends" not "fiends" debería decir or poner "friends", no "fiends"; the sign on the bus read "private, not in service" el letrero del autobús decía or en el letrero del autobús ponía "privado, fuera de servicio"
the thermometer read 100 degrees the fuel gauge reads below zero
6 (Comput) leer
intransitive verb
1 [+person] leer
those who are illiterate or who read with difficulty my mother taught me (how) to read when I was four she spends her days reading and watching television he couldn't read or write she reads well he likes reading
to read about sth/sb leer sobre or acerca de algo/algn
I read about it in the papers lo leí en los periódicos; I've read about him he leído sobre or acerca de él; I'm reading about Napoleon me estoy documentando sobre Napoleón; estoy leyendo acerca de Napoleón
to read aloud leer en voz alta
on Fridays Miss Peel read aloud from "David Copperfield"
the reading public el público que lee
a book that appeals to the lowest instincts of the reading public the reading public is becoming increasingly more sophisticated the piece I wrote for your paper has had a devastating effect on many members of the reading public
to read silently leer para sí
it is not meant to be read silently - it is supposed to be chanted or recited to the beat of the music
to read through sth leer algo de principio a fin
I've read through your letter very carefully he leído tu carta minuciosamente de principio a fin
he read through the pages slowly and carefully
to read to sb
he read to us from the Bible nos leyó extractos de la Biblia; my daughter asked me to read to her mi hija me pidió que le leyera un libro; I like being read to me gusta que me lean; to read to o.s. leer para sí
I sat in a corner and read to myself
to read between the lines leer entre líneas
reading between the lines he knew there was something wrong
2 (give impression)
the book reads well el libro está bien escrito; it would read better if you put ... quedaría mejor si pusieras ...; it reads very awkwardly al leerlo suena muy raro; his article reads like an official report su artículo está escrito como un informe oficial
how does the letter read now? the book reads like a ballad the play acts better than it reads
3 (say, indicate) decir
the text reads as follows el texto dice lo siguiente
4 (study) estudiar
to read for the Bar estudiar Derecho (para hacerse abogado)
to read for a degree hacer una carrera; estudiar la licenciatura
he is now reading for a maths degree at Surrey University
noun
lectura (f)
I like a good read me gusta leer un buen libro; it's a good read es un libro que se disfruta leyendo; I was having a quiet read in the garden leía tranquilamente en el jardín
it's a good solid read
can I have a read of your paper? ¿puedo echarle un vistazo a tu periódico?
I managed to have a good read while I waited
modifier
read head (n) (Comput) cabezal (m) lector
Examples
Verb Conjugations for leer
Indicative
Irregularities are in red
PresentPreteriteImperfectConditionalFuture
yo
leo
leí
leía
leería
leeré
lees
leíste
leías
leerías
leerás
él/ella/Ud.
lee
leyó
leía
leería
leerá
nosotros
leemos
leímos
leíamos
leeríamos
leeremos
vosotros
leéis
leísteis
leíais
leeríais
leeréis
ellos/ellas/Uds.
leen
leyeron
leían
leerían
leerán
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