Old English arēdan, arǣdan, corresponding to a- + read. Cognate with German erraten.
aread (third-person singular simple present areads, present participle areading, simple past and past participle ared)
- (obsolete) To soothsay, prophesy. [11th-17th c.]
- (obsolete) To interpret; to explain. [11th-19th c.]
- Therefore more plain aread this doubtful case.
- (obsolete) To advise, counsel. [16th-17th c.]
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.1:
- Me, all too meane, the sacred Muse areeds / To blazon broade emongst her learned throng [...].
- But mark what I aread thee now. Avaunt!