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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)

  1. (obsolete) To soothsay, prophesy. [11th-17th c.]
  2. (obsolete) To interpret; to explain. [11th-19th c.]
    • Spenser
      Therefore more plain aread this doubtful case.
  3. (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 [...].
    • Milton
      But mark what I aread thee now. Avaunt!