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In most western European languages, the word for 'read' goes back ultimately to a source which meant literally 'gather, pick up': French lire, for instance, which comes from Latin legere (source of English legible and collect), and German lesen. English read, however, is an exception. Its underlying meaning is 'advise, consider' (it is related to German raten 'advise,' and a memory of this original sense lives on in the archaic rede 'advise,' which is essentially the same word as read, and also in unready 'ill-advised,' the epithet applied to the Anglo-Saxon king Ethelred II), and the sense 'read' developed via 'interpret' (preserved in the related riddle).

~ John Ayto, "Dictionary of Word Origins"