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READING. The act of making known the contents of a writing or of a printed document.
     2. In order to enable a party to a contract or a devisor to know what a paper contains it must be read, either by the party himself or by some other person to him. When a person signs or executes a paper, it will be presumed that it has been read to him, but this presumption may be rebutted.
     3. In the case of a blind testator, if it can be proved that the will was not read to him, it cannot be sustained. 3 Wash. C C. R. 580. Vide 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 2012.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book!
to select our reading? As the nobleman of cultivated taste surrounds himself with whatever conduces to his culture -- genius -- learning -- wit -- books -- paintings -- statuary -- music -- philosophical instruments, and the like; so let the village do -- not stop short at a pedagogue, a parson, a sexton, a parish library, and three selectmen, because our Pilgrim forefathers got through a cold winter once on a bleak rock with these.
It had been arranged in the morning that I should bring the boat up to three miles above Reading. Well, here we were, ten miles above Reading!
I shrank from reading some of the latter part of it.
'I shall go on with my reading, Henry--and see what justification there may be for that confident conclusion of yours.'
While growing up, the importance of reading is often relayed to us in an almost sanctimonious way, therefore, the message that seems to stick with most is that reading is a chore that is engaged in with a very clear end in mind: to pass exams.
AJOHN JERRIM, professor of Education at the University College London Institute of Education, has just led a study into the reading skills of teenagers.
ACCORDING to the Oxford learner's dictionary, the term reading is 'the act of somebody who read or the action or skill of reading written or printed matter silently or aloud'.
Sunday marked the third year that Cambodia celebrated National Reading Day.
Comprehensible and Compelling: The Causes and Effects of Free Voluntary Reading. Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO, November 2017.106p.
Reading comprehension and fluency issues are the most significant challenges facing adult, developmental reading students in community colleges.

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