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.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • read between the lines — {v. phr.} To understand all of a writer s meaning by guessing at what he has left unsaid. * /Some kinds of poetry make you read between the lines./ * /A clever foreign correspondent can often avoid censorship by careful wording, leaving his… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • read between the lines — {v. phr.} To understand all of a writer s meaning by guessing at what he has left unsaid. * /Some kinds of poetry make you read between the lines./ * /A clever foreign correspondent can often avoid censorship by careful wording, leaving his… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Read Between the Lines — Infobox Album Name = Read Between the Lines Type = studio Artist = Aaron Tippin Released = 1992 Recorded = Emerald Sound Studios, Nashville, Tennessee Genre = Country Length = 31:58 Label = RCA Nashville Producer = Emory Gordy, Jr. Reviews =… …   Wikipedia

  • read between the lines — phrasal to understand more than is directly stated …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Between the lines — can refer to: *The subtext of a letter, fictional work, conversation or other piece of communication. * Between the Lines (TV series), an early 1990s BBC television programme. * Between the Lines (Radio program) a weekly news program originating… …   Wikipedia

  • Between the Lions — logo Format Children s television series Puppet Created by Lou Berge …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The Blind — ( Les aveugles ), also known as The Sightless , is a play that was written in 1890 by the Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck. It is an intense one act play, which was one of the pieces mentioned in a list of Maeterlinck’s most characteristic… …   Wikipedia

  • The Capitol Years (1998 Frank Sinatra album) — Infobox Album | Name = The Capitol Years Type = Compilation album Artist = Frank Sinatra Released = November 10, 1998 Recorded = 1953 1961 Genre = Classic pop Length = : Label = EMI Capitol Records Producer = Reviews = * Allmusic Rating|5|5 [http …   Wikipedia

  • The Mysterious Benedict Society —   Author(s) Trenton Lee Stewart …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”