Learner's definition of READING
1 a [count] : the act of reading something
b [noncount] : the activity of reading a book, magazine, etc.
She gave the manuscript a careful reading. [=she read the manuscript carefully]
The family attended the reading of her will.
The speech ended with a reading from his latest novel.
After several readings, I finally understood the meaning of the poem.
— often used before another noun
He needs help in reading.
They both love reading.
The teacher gave us a list of books for further reading on the subject.
The book makes for interesting/good reading. [=the book is interesting/good]
He has done a lot of reading on this subject.
a reading light
2 a : a book, article, etc., that is being read or that is intended to be read
[count] — often plural
[noncount] — often used before another noun
b [count] : a part of the Bible that is read aloud as part of a religious service
Did you bring any reading material/matter for the trip?
Students were given a summer reading list.
What is your child's reading level? [=how difficult are the books, articles, etc., that your child reads?]
3 [count] : a particular opinion or understanding of something — often + of
I disagree with his reading [=interpretation] of what happened.
Her reading of the text is that the main character is depressed.
The judge made his ruling according to a strict reading of the law.
4 [count] : an event at which something is read aloud to an audience 5 [count] : the temperature, weight, number, etc., that is shown on a measuring instrument
The thermometer reading was 20 degrees.
Meter readings are taken once a month.
The scale gave an inaccurate reading.
6 [count] : an occurrence in which a proposed bill is discussed in a legislature before it becomes law