Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give advice to; counsel.
  • transitive v. To interpret; explain.
  • n. Advice or counsel.
  • n. Archaic A narration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Help, advice, counsel.
  • n. Decision, a plan.
  • v. To govern, protect.
  • v. To discuss, deliberate.
  • v. To advise.
  • v. To interpret (a riddle or dream); explain

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To advise or counsel.
  • transitive v. To interpret; to explain.
  • n. Advice; counsel; suggestion.
  • n. A word or phrase; a motto; a proverb; a wise saw.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See read.
  • An obsolete form of red.
  • An obsolete form of red.
  • An obsolete variant of ready.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give an interpretation or explanation to
  • v. give advice to

Etymologies

Middle English reden, from Old English rǣdan; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English rǣd. Middle English rǣd, rað. Cognate with Danish råd, Dutch raad, German Rat, Swedish råd. Indo-European cognates include Latin ratiō ("reason, judgment, counsel") and Albanian rëndë ("grave, important, heavy, wise"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English reden, ræden, from Old English rǣdan ("to counsel, advise; plot, design; rule, gover, guide; determine, decide, decree; read, explain"). More at read. (Wiktionary)

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