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Fisal’s Dictionary: “to read” Posted by on Jan 28, 2012 in Arabic Language, Culture, Pronunciation, Vocabulary

     Today, we are going to go on a journey to the depths of the Arabic Dictionary to discover some of its secrets. We will look up the root verb قرأ   and explore some of its derivatives.

* قــَـرأ    [V. T.] = to read.  

                          Ex. – قــَـرأ محمدٌ الخطابَ  = Mohammad read the letter.   

قــَــارئ  [N. C.] = male reader; the male person who reads.

                         Ex. –   هـُو قارئٌ جيدٌ للأحداث الجارية  = He is a good reader to the current events.

* قــُـرَّاء  [N. Pl.] =  readers; plural of قارئ  

قارئون / قارئين  [N. Pl.] = male readers; Plural of قارئ  

قارئِة  [N. C.] = female reader; the female person who reads.

                    Ex. – هي قارئـِـةٌ جيدةٌ للأحداثِ الجارية   = She is a good reader to the current events.

قارئـِـات  [N. Pl.] = female readers; Plural of قارئة  

*  قـِـرَاءَة  [N. C.] = reading; the act of reading something.  

                         Ex. –القراءة غذاءُ العقلِ   = Reading is the food of the mind.

                               – يتعلم الأطفالُ القراءةَ في المدرسة   = Children learn reading at school. 

* قـِـراءات  [N. Pl.] =  readings; plural of reading. . 

* أقــْـرَأ   [V. T.] = to make someone read something.

                        Ex. – أقرأ المُعلم الأولادَ القرآنَ = The teacher made the boys read the Qur’an.    

* مـُـقـرئ  [N. C.] =  the person who reads or teaches people to read (e.g. the Qur’an)

القــُـرآن  [N. U.] =  word of Allah; speech or verses revealed by Allah to Prophet Mohammad that can be read in the Muslim’s holy Book; The Qur’an. 

          Ex. – القرآنُ هو الكتابُ المقدس عند المسلمين = The Qur’an is the holy book of the Muslims.


– (Note: N.=Noun /C.= Countable / U.= Uncountable / V.= Verb / Ph. V. = Phrasal Verb / Adj.= Adjective / Adv.= Adverb / Prep.=Preposition / Pl.= Plural).


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About the Author: Fisal

Well, I was born near the city of Rasheed or Rosetta, Egypt. Yes, the city where the Rosetta Stone was discovered. It is a small city on the north of Egypt where the Nile meets the Mediterranean. I am a Teacher of EFL.