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1. To read the items of a list aloud. A noun or pronoun can come between "read" and "off." We started our way through the supermarket after she read off all the ingredients we would need. Make sure you do roll call before class each morning—just read the students' names off and put a mark by anyone who isn't there.
2. To read information aloud from something. A noun or pronoun can come between "read" and "off." Just read the numbers on the panel next to the control unit off to me so I can see if they match what my gauge is detecting.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
read something off
to read aloud from a list. Nick read the list of the names off, and I wasn't on the list. Jane read off the names.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To read aloud some items in a list, one by one: Could you read off the last four digits of the number again? As I read your name off, please come up to the stage and collect your certificate.
2. To read some information that is printed or displayed on something: The nurse read off my temperature from the thermometer. I read the number off the box.
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.