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Rede \Rede\ (r?d), v. t. [See Read, v. t.]

  1. To advise or counsel. [Obs. or Scot.]

    I rede that our host here shall begin.

  2. To interpret; to explain. [Obs.]

    My sweven [dream] rede aright.


Rede \Rede\, n. [See Read, n.]

  1. Advice; counsel; suggestion. [Obs. or Scot.]

    There was none other remedy ne reed.

  2. A word or phrase; a motto; a proverb; a wise saw. [Obs.] ``This rede is rife.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"counsel, advice," Old English ræd "advice, counsel;" see read (v.). Cognate with Old Saxon rad "advice, counsel, help, advantage," Dutch raad "advice, counsel," German Rat "advice, counsel," Old Norse rað "advice, consideration, remedy, power; marriage."


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context archaic English) help, advice, counsel. 2 (context archaic English) decision, a plan. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (label en transitive archaic or UK dialectal) To govern, protect. 2 (label en transitive archaic or UK dialectal) To discuss, deliberate. 3 (label en transitive archaic or UK dialectal) To advise.


Réde is a village in Komárom-Esztergom county, Hungary.

It was property of the Cseszneky, later of the Esterházy family.

Usage examples of "rede".

He lives too plaguily near at hand for my peace of mind, for he is Simon Rede of Boarstall--his home is not five miles distant under Muswell hill.

If thou follow my rede, thou wilt take the way that goeth hence east away, and then shalt thou come to Hampton under Scaur, where the folk are peaceable and friendly.

Rede, the resident Commissioner, arrives, and endeavours to pacify the people by speechifying, but it will not do.

Had Commissioner Rede dared to rehearse the farce of the riot-act cracking as on Gravel-pits, he would have met with a warm reception from the Eureka boys.

Now we that come of the God-kin of her redes for ourselves we wot, But her will with the lives of men-folk and their ending know we not.

But it must be in my own way, and you must follow my redes, whether or not you understand them.

Fyorlund of Rgoric and the Geadrol, of village Redes and their Pentadrols.

Wenn haber man kann nicht meinem Rede Verstehen, so werde ich ihm spaeter dasselbe uebersetz, wenn er solche Dienst verlangen wollen haben werden sollen sein haette.

Rede could promise us to take into consideration the present excited feelings of the diggers, and use his best judgment as to a further search for licences on the morrow.

Rede would give an assurance that he would not go out again with the police and military to collect licences, they could undertake that no disturbance would take place.

And ere that we departe from this place, I rede that we make of sorrows two One perfect joye lasting evermo': And look now where most sorrow is herein, There will I first amenden and begin.

Yclothed was she fressh, for to devyse, Hir yelow heer was broyded in a tresse, Bihynde hir bak, a yerde long, I gesse, And in the gardyn, at the sonne upriste, She walketh up and doun, and as hir liste She gadereth floures, party white and rede, To make a subtil gerland for hir hede, And as an aungel hevenysshly she soong.

Certes this dream, which ye have mette tonight, Cometh of the great supefluity Of youre rede cholera,* pardie, *bile Which causeth folk to dreaden in their dreams Of arrows, and of fire with redde beams, Of redde beastes, that they will them bite, Of conteke,* and of whelpes great and lite.

Then young Madden showed all the whole affair and said how that she was dead and how for holy religion sake by rede of palmer and bedesman and for a vow he had made to Saint Ultan of Arbraccan her goodman husband would not let her death whereby they were all wondrous grieved.

This god of armes was arrayed thus: A wolf ther stood biforn hym at his feet, With eyen rede, and of a man he eet.