The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Read \Read\ (r[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Read (r[e^]d); p.
pr. & vb. n. Reading.] [OE. reden, r[ae]den, AS. r[=ae]dan
to read, advise, counsel, fr. r[=ae]d advice, counsel,
r[=ae]dan (imperf. reord) to advise, counsel, guess; akin to
D. raden to advise, G. raten, rathen, Icel. r[=a][eth]a,
Goth. r[=e]dan (in comp.), and perh. also to Skr. r[=a]dh to
succeed. [root]116. Cf. Riddle.]
1. To advise; to counsel. [Obs.] See Rede.
Therefore, I read thee, get thee to God's word, and
thereby try all doctrine. --Tyndale.
2. To interpret; to explain; as, to read a riddle.
3. To tell; to declare; to recite. [Obs.]
But read how art thou named, and of what kin.
4. To go over, as characters or words, and utter aloud, or
recite to one's self inaudibly; to take in the sense of,
as of language, by interpreting the characters with which
it is expressed; to peruse; as, to read a discourse; to
read the letters of an alphabet; to read figures; to read
the notes of music, or to read music; to read a book.
Redeth [read ye] the great poet of Itaille.
Well could he rede a lesson or a story. --Chaucer.
5. Hence, to know fully; to comprehend.
Who is't can read a woman? --Shak.
6. To discover or understand by characters, marks, features,
etc.; to learn by observation.
An armed corse did lie,
In whose dead face he read great magnanimity.
Those about her
From her shall read the perfect ways of honor.
7. To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks; as,
to read theology or law.
To read one's self in, to read aloud the Thirty-nine
Articles and the Declaration of Assent, -- required of a
clergyman of the Church of England when he first
officiates in a new benefice.