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well-read (adj.)

1590s, from well (adv.) + read (adj.).

updated on October 10, 2017

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Definitions of well-read from WordNet

well-read (adj.)
well informed or deeply versed through reading;
well-read in medieval history
respect for a well-read man
well-read (adj.)
highly educated; having extensive information or understanding;
Synonyms: knowing / knowledgeable / learned / lettered / well-educated
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