Definition of 'reading'

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Example sentences containing 'reading'

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Reading has always been a huge part of my life. The Sun (2017)This makes uncomfortable reading when we recall the big freeze of six years ago. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The result is a collection of dark and slightly disturbing stories that make for compulsive reading. The Sun (2016)No one talked about dyslexia, no one talked about reading difficulties. Times, Sunday Times (2017)I am sick to the back teeth of reading about people of this ilk. The Sun (2016)I called and continued to give meter readings and pay by direct debit to avoid sinking into debt. The Sun (2016)Peers gave the bill a second reading and it will now be considered by a committee of the whole House. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The new gadget has a foam tip which collects a tiny amount of fluid from the corner of the eye and gives a reading in seconds. The Sun (2016)Reading has always calmed me. The Sun (2017)Half are doing as well at reading, writing and arithmetic as white British pupils at primary school. The Sun (2016)They chose it as one of their readings. Times, Sunday Times (2014)This gives the lower reading when blood pressure is taken. Martlew, Gillian & Silver, Shelley (ed) The Medicine Chest - your family's guide to prescription drugs (1988)Where there has been a decline it is not because people have stopped reading. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The supplier was basing your bills on metric readings. Times, Sunday Times (2015)This morning the headlines will make a lot more comfortable reading. The Sun (2012)Stop the person reading if you spot any unnecessary qualifiers. Lindenfield, Gael 50 Ways to Become a Self-Confident Woman (1989)No doubt she will like it better on a second reading. Veronica Buckley CHRISTINA QUEEN OF SWEDEN: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric (2004)You spend most of the time looking at a screen and reading books. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Reading has always sent me to sleep. The Times Literary Supplement (2008)They fit a magnetic reading device and video camera to a cashpoint. The Sun (2006)And my reading and writing was delayed because of my profound deafness. Times, Sunday Times (2007)These are vividly written and often make difficult reading. The Times Literary Supplement (2011)She impressed him at rehearsals by offering three different readings of one of her lines. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Is there a publication that gives comparative noise readings from inside new cars? Times, Sunday Times (2007)The next entry will make less comfortable reading. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Your bills and meter readings are managed via the internet and the cost can go up and down. The Sun (2012)He did not do poetry readings. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)This is a great passage on the reading and exposition of the Scriptures. Christianity Today (2000)Readings are for guidance only and you must be 18 or over. The Sun (2011)Readings are for guidance only. The Sun (2006)The long-range airliners have suffered at least three dozen similar failures involving faulty speed readings, it has emerged over the past month. Times, Sunday Times (2009)


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Translations for 'reading'

British English: reading /ˈriːdɪŋ/ NOUN
Reading is the activity of reading books.
I have always loved reading.
  • American English: reading
  • Arabic: قِرَاءَة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: leitura
  • Chinese: 阅读
  • Croatian: čitanje
  • Czech: čtení
  • Danish: læsning
  • Dutch: lezen
  • European Spanish: lectura
  • Finnish: lukeminen
  • French: lecture
  • German: Lesen
  • Greek: ανάγνωση
  • Italian: lettura
  • Japanese: 読書
  • Korean: 독서
  • Norwegian: avlesing
  • Polish: czytanie
  • European Portuguese: leitura
  • Romanian: lectură
  • Russian: чтение
  • Spanish: lectura
  • Swedish: läsning
  • Thai: การอ่าน
  • Turkish: okuma
  • Ukrainian: читання
  • Vietnamese: sự đọc


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