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read for (something)
1. To read something for some specific task or goal. A noun or pronoun can come between "read" and "for." I always hated reading for class—the only books I can remember are ones I read for pleasure. I read books as a proofreader for a living, so I actually hate to read in my spare time. Read this draft for any mistakes and send me a revised version on Monday.
2. To audition for a specific role by reading lines from a play or script. Hi, my name is Shane Wilson, and I'll be reading for the part of Othello.
read for something
to read, looking especially for something, such as errors, clarity, etc. Please read this manuscript for spelling and grammar errors. Read this book for entertainment and nothing more.
1. To study for something, as an examination, degree, or certification: They are in the library reading for their exams next week.
2. To read or examine something in order to look for something specific: I read the text once for comprehension and a second time for pleasure. The writer hired an assistant to read for errors. The tracker read the trail for signs of foxes.
3. To audition for some acting role: Five people read for the part of Hamlet in the school play.