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From 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.]
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Therefore more plain aread this doubtful case.
  3. (obsolete) To advise, counsel. [16th-17th c.]