read out

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See also: read-out and readout



  • (present) IPA(key): /ˌɹiːd ˈaʊt/
  • (past) IPA(key): /ˌɹɛd ˈaʊt/
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read out (third-person singular simple present reads out, present participle reading out, simple past and past participle read out)

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To read something and say the words to inform other people.
    Coordinate term: read off
    The teacher read out the names of the students who had passed the exam.
    He read the names out to the class.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic, US) (of a device) To read some data and inform the person using the device; (of the user) to read some data from the device to inform oneself.
    Coordinate term: read off
    The movement detector is reading out the data now.
  3. (transitive, law) To interpret a part of a law so that it is not struck down but is rendered of no effect or applicability.
    Coordinate term: count out

Usage notes[edit]

  • The word order with the verb parts and the object can be either read something out or read out something.

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