read (something) into (something)

read (something) into (something)

To find, infer, or attribute an additional meaning or different interpretation to what is presented. It's easy to read a lot into the secret email exchanges, but we shouldn't jump to conclusions—there could be a perfectly reasonable explanation. Fans thought the director's comments indicated that a sequel was on the way, but I think they're reading too much into it.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

read something into something

Fig. to attach or attribute a new or different meaning to something; to presume inferences as one reads something. This statement means exactly what it says. Don't try to read anything else into it. Am I reading too much into your comments?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

read into

Find an additional hidden or unintended meaning in something that is said or written, as in What I read into that speech on foreign policy is that the Vice President plans to run for President . [Late 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

read into

v.
To attribute some interpretation or meaning to something, especially an unintended meaning: He's reading things into the text that the author never intended. Don't read too much into her remark—it is hardly representative of her opinion.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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