rede
Pronunciation Noun

rede (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) Help, advice, counsel.
    • 1603, William Shakespeare, "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark", Act 1, Scene 3:
      Ophelia:
      Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
      Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
      Whiles, like a puffed and reckless libertine,
      Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
      And recks not his own rede.
    • 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, vol. 1:
      When the Bull heard these words he knew the Ass to be his friend and thanked him, saying, "Right is thy rede"
    • 1954, JRR Tolkien, The Two Towers:
      ‘Yet do not cast all hope away. Tomorrow is unknown. Rede oft is found at the rising of the Sun.’
  2. (archaic) Decision, a plan.
Verb

rede (redes, present participle reding; past red, past participle red)

  1. (transitive, archaic or UK dialectal) To govern, protect.
  2. (transitive, archaic or UK dialectal) To discuss, deliberate.
  3. (transitive, archaic or UK dialectal) To advise.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [http://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/cme/MaloryWks2/1:6.5?rgn=div2;view=fulltext chapter v], in Le Morte Darthur, book IV:
      The meane whyle his squyer founde wryten vpon the crosse that Bagdemagus shold neuer retorne vnto the Courte ageyne / tyll he had wonne a knyȝtes body of the round table body for body / lo syr said his squyer / here I fynde wrytyng of yow / therfor I rede yow retorne ageyne to the Courte / that shalle I neuer said Bagdemagus
  4. (transitive, archaic or UK dialectal) To interpret (a riddle or dream); explain.
    • 1836, Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus
      The secret of Man's Being is still like the Sphinx's secret: a riddle that he cannot rede.

Rede
Proper noun
  1. A river in Northumberland, England, which joins the River North Tyne at Redesmouth.



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