read as

read someone or something as something

to interpret someone or something as something. I read you as a quiet guy who wants to settle down and have kids. Mary read the problem as one that did not require a lot of understanding.
See also: read
References in classic literature ?
Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.
They have only been read as the multitude read the stars, at most astrologically, not astronomically.
Read as many as possible of the poems of the authors named.
Read as many as time allows of his most important shorter poems.
Read a dozen or more of the 'Spectator' papers, from the De Coverly papers if you are not already familiar with them, otherwise others.
That play must be a favourite with you," said he; "you read as if you knew it well.
I read in bed, I read at table, I read as I walked to and from school, and I read at recess while the other boys were playing.
As books increased, less and less did people gather to hear others read aloud or tell tales, and more and more people learned to read for themselves, until now there is hardly a boy or girl in all the land who cannot read a little.
I am returning you your book, little friend; and ,if you were to ask of me my opinion of it, I should say that never before in my life had I read a book so splendid.
And yet I could not even read a book to the end; I had given up reading.
And then when you read a little further you will discover that the Doctor is not merely a peg on whom to hang exciting and various adventures but that he is himself a man of original and lively character.
One day he would read a book of antiquated philosophy, and the next day one that was ultra-modern, so that his head would be whirling with the conflict and contradiction of ideas.
At 9 years old, Ethan exhibited unusually intense activity in this brain region, even when compared with older children who read as well as he did.
Much of Borges's work can be read as a prescient elegy for the book.
Based on his experience as director of reading for Chicago Public Schools, Shanahan's presentation, "How to Improve Reading Achievement," will examine the most basic changes that are needed to ensure all children learn to read as well as they can.