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reader (n.)

Old English rædere "one who counsels; person who reads aloud to others; lector; scholar; diviner, interpreter," agent noun from rædan (see read (v.)) in its various senses. Compare Dutch rader "adviser," Old High German ratari "counselor." The Old English fem. form was rædistre. Meaning "a reading book for schools" is by 1789.

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Definitions of reader from WordNet

reader (n.)
a person who enjoys reading;
reader (n.)
someone who contracts to receive and pay for a service or a certain number of issues of a publication;
Synonyms: subscriber
reader (n.)
a person who can read; a literate person;
reader (n.)
someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication;
Synonyms: reviewer / referee
reader (n.)
someone who reads proof in order to find errors and mark corrections;
Synonyms: proofreader
reader (n.)
someone who reads the lessons in a church service; someone ordained in a minor order of the Roman Catholic Church;
Synonyms: lector
reader (n.)
a public lecturer at certain universities;
Synonyms: lector / lecturer
reader (n.)
one of a series of texts for students learning to read;
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