To read between the lines
Read Read, v. i. 1. To give advice or counsel. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. To tell; to declare. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. To perform the act of reading; to peruse, or to go over and utter aloud, the words of a book or other like document. [1913 Webster]

So they read in the book of the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense. --Neh. viii. 8. [1913 Webster]

4. To study by reading; as, he read for the bar. [1913 Webster]

5. To learn by reading. [1913 Webster]

I have read of an Eastern king who put a judge to death for an iniquitous sentence. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

6. To appear in writing or print; to be expressed by, or consist of, certain words or characters; as, the passage reads thus in the early manuscripts. [1913 Webster]

7. To produce a certain effect when read; as, that sentence reads queerly. [1913 Webster]

{To read between the lines}, to infer something different from what is plainly indicated; to detect the real meaning as distinguished from the apparent meaning. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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