read ‧ er S3 W2 /ˈriːdə $ -ər/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[ Word Family: noun : ↑ read , ↑ reader , ↑ readership , ↑ reading , ↑ readability ; verb : ↑ read ; adjective : ↑ readable ≠ ↑ unreadable ]
1 . SOMEBODY WHO READS someone who reads books, or who reads in a particular way:
The book will appeal to young readers.
I’ve always been an avid reader (=someone who reads a lot) .
He’s a great reader of crime fiction.
a fast/slow reader
2 . OF A NEWSPAPER/MAGAZINE someone who reads a particular newspaper or magazine regularly:
The newspaper gradually lost readers during the 1980s.
3 . BOOK an easy book for children who are learning to read or for people who are learning a foreign language
4 . TEACHER Reader an important teacher in a British university
a Reader in Sociology at Bristol University
5 . EQUIPMENT technical a piece of electronic equipment that can read information that is stored or recorded somewhere, for example on a card
⇨ ↑ mind reader , ↑ newsreader
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▪ a slow/fast reader
Her son was quite a slow reader.
▪ a good reader
He's not a good reader but he wants to try a new story.
▪ a poor reader (=someone who is not good at reading)
All these students had been judged to be poor readers.
▪ a great reader (=someone who reads a lot of books)
My father was a great reader.
▪ an avid/voracious reader (=someone who eagerly reads a lot of books)
She was an avid reader of historical novels.