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 ?
You can do as you please, but I shall keep my book on the table here and read a little every morning as soon as I wake, for I know it will do me good and help me through the day.
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.
Headsprout Reading is a balanced phonics-based reading program delivered to the home over the Internet that teaches typical four- to six-year-old children how to read as they interact with a series of cartoon-based episodes.