read (one's) thoughts

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read (one's) thoughts

To know or infer what one is thinking. You read my thoughts—that's exactly where I want to go to dinner! I'm sorry, but I can't read your thoughts. You need to tell me these things.
See also: read, thought

ˌread somebody’s ˈmind/ˈthoughts

(informal) understand what somebody is thinking, feeling, planning, etc: I can’t read your mind! If you don’t tell me what’s worrying you, I can’t help you.
See also: mind, read, thought
References in classic literature ?
They can shut their minds so that none may read their thoughts. I learned the first secret years ago; the other I never had to learn, since upon all Barsoom is none who can read what passes in the secret chambers of my brain.
Their movements hung on his lips; they read their thoughts in his eyes; he murmured to them nonchalantly of life and death, and they accepted his words humbly, like gifts of fate.
Technophobes of the future will have an audio chip implanted in their ear and a screen on the cornea of their left eye that will be activated by a wireless signal able to read their thoughts and implement their commands.
BRAIN-DAMAGED patients who are "locked in" but conscious may in future not only be able to communicate but move about using technology that can read their thoughts.
"Just knowing a few key signifiers can really help you understand what people are thinking." A poll by laser eye specialist Ultralase revealed aside from words, 55% of people are likely to use a person's eyes to read their thoughts and feelings.
You've read their thoughts, now have your say on The Bluebirds
The social detachment and isolation that characterize autism may stem, at least in part, from a breakdown of brain cells that have been implicated in people's ability to imitate others and to read their thoughts and feelings.
In Ersen's video If You Could Speak Swedish, 2001, the artist asks a language class of immigrants to Sweden what they would like to say to their new compatriots, then has the students read their thoughts in Swedish to their instructor.
Psychic John Starkey needs no convincing that pets have minds of their own - he can read their thoughts!