the activity or skill of understanding written words:
She loves reading.
Reading is taught using a combination of several methods.
books and other things that you can read:
Her main reading seems to be mystery novels.
a bit of light reading (=things that are easy and enjoyable to read) for my holiday
There's a list of further reading (=other things you can read) at the end of each chapter.
a supply of interesting reading material
when you read something:
act of reading[singular]
The book is quite difficult on first reading.
a close reading of the text (=when you read it very carefully)
your way of understanding what a particular statement, situation, event etc means [= interpretation]
What's your reading of the government's response to this crisis?
to a group[countable]
an occasion when a piece of literature is read to a group of people:
a poetry reading at the bookstore
a piece of writing, especially from the Bible, that is read to a group of people:
The first reading is from Corinthians I, Chapter 3.
to be interesting etc to read:
Your report made fascinating reading.
a number or amount shown on a measuring instrument:
We take temperature readings every two hours.
one of the occasions in the British Parliament or the US Congress when a suggested new law is discussed:
the second reading of the Industrial Relations Bill