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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
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    • [wel reed]
    • /wɛl rid/
    • /wel riːd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wel reed]
    • /wɛl rid/

Definitions of well-read word

  • adjective well-read having read extensively (sometimes followed by in): well-read in oceanography. 1
  • adjective well-read A well-read person has read a lot of books and has learned a lot from them. 0
  • adjective well-read having read widely and intelligently; erudite 0
  • adjective well-read having read much (in a particular subject) 0
  • adjective well-read having a wide knowledge of books through having read much 0
  • adjective well-read Well informed and knowledgeable through having read extensively. 0

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Origin of well-read

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
First recorded in 1590-1600

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Well-read


well-read popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 46% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 75% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for well-read

adj well-read

  • belletristic — Of, pertaining to, or having the characteristics of belles-lettres.
  • hard-working — industrious; zealous: a hardworking family man.
  • in the know — to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehend clearly and with certainty: I know the situation fully.
  • know the score — understand the situation
  • know what's what — to know how one thing or things in general work

adjective well-read

  • apprized — Simple past tense and past participle of apprize.
  • erudite — Having or showing great knowledge or learning.
  • lettered — educated or learned.
  • literate — able to read and write.

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