make sense of a language
She understands French; Can you read Greek?
be a student of a certain subject
She is reading for the bar exam
interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression
I read this address as a satire; How should I take this message?; You can't take credit for this!
obtain data from magnetic tapes
This dictionary can be read by the computer
indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero; The gauge read `empty'
have or contain a certain wording or form
The passage reads as follows; What does the law say?