read lips

read someone's lips

to manage to understand speech by watching and interpreting the movements of the speaker's lips. I couldn't hear her but I could read her lips.
See also: lip, read
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Although his associate, Alexandria Wailes, could both read lips and sign, he had to learn to communicate with the cast on his own.
Conrad wrote that he knew from previous contacts that Toll could read lips.
He learned how to read lips as a toddler; he started signing before he could talk, but once he started talking .
September is Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Month, and with approximately 3 million deaf and hard of hearing individuals residing in California, ILCs like Rolling Start(RS) and the Service Center for Independent Life(SCIL) continue to educate the public about the misconceptions, including that most deaf or hard of hearing individuals read lips, can't talk or drive and need interpreters at all times.
Nevertheless, Manal understands others perfectly well, having been trained to read lips.
Although standing in a well-lit area and facing the audience can be helpful to those who read lips or use hearing aids, it is not the full solution.
Mobile breathalyser: If a phone can read lips, what about one that can measure booze breath and, if you are over the limit, automatically shut down to stop you drunkenly calling or texting friends, colleagues and bosses (ouch
And while I cannot read lips, I'm sure he was not mouthing "Good morning
For students who are able to read lips or read text this does not pose as big a challenge as for students who do not possess these skills.
Washington, February 28 (ANI): Researchers in MIT's Sensory Communication Group are trying to develop a new generation of tactile devices, which will translate sound waves into vibrations so that deaf people may feel them by their skin, and read lips more accurately.
Occasionally a player will get hot under the collar, and if you can read lips you can figure out that sometimes they let loose a torrent of expletives that would make Howard Stern blush.
The old-time lifers have the big heavy mustache and one of the reasons they have it is because (inmates) read lips," he explained.
I can read lips very well and can hear in quiet environments.