read about

read about (someone or something)

To glean information about someone or something by reading something. I'm reading about Abraham Lincoln, at the moment. I remember reading about a that in a magazine a few years ago.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

read about someone or something

to read information concerning someone or something. Did you read about John in the newspaper? I read about bonds, and learned a lot about finance.
See also: read
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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When I asked the man who couldn't read what he would like to do, he answered: 'I want to be able to get my driver's licence and to read about football.' I promised he would get his licence and he would read about football !
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Some of the professoriate embrace the bizarre idea of bibliotherapy, believing that children will feel better about themselves if they read about a child with similar problems (for instance, the child of an alcoholic parent should read about the child of an alcoholic parent).
Someday, Ethan may pick up a magazine and read about how his brain compares with that of a precocious reader living halfway around the world.
But having already read about Emmett Till, they rather quickly understand that these Jim Crows were no joke.
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While BIBR is devoted to books about African American culture and literature, we decided it would be useful to explore what's available for our children to read about other cultures.