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read back

To read aloud the information someone else has just dictated or given to one. A noun or pronoun can be used between "read" and "back." OK, I wrote down everything you said. Do you want me to read it back to you? The clerk read back the numbers over the phone to me.
See also: back, read

read something back (to someone)

to read back some information to the person who has just given it. Yes, I have written the telephone number down. Let me read it back to you to make sure I have it right. Please read back the letter to me.
See also: back, read
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When a pilot reads back an ATC clearance or instruction ...
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Once that has been entered, the system reads back directions through a combination of live recording and text-to-speech.
Ruth lies in a coma following her attempted suicide, and as the staff try to come to terms with what has happened, Harry finds her diary and reads back over her months in the ED department.
If anybody takes an interest in politics and reads back in history what the Conservatives are capable of they'll never get back in.
The computer records the diagnosis and reads back the data for verification prior to prompting the cytotech to "sign off" on the completed case.
For example, an out-of-town user can retrieve and forward e-mail and messages by voice command; the command then reads back over the phone using text-to-speech technology.
New software programs offer even more promise: Braille-translation software also reads back information entered, and a computer outfitted with voice-recognition software can respond to as many as 200 pre-programmed commands issued by a single person.
When teaching in Florida, Fred Simonds, CFII, listens carefully, always reads back completely, and hasn't (yet) gotten too close to the terrain.