This thesis is an examination of an Old English word raedan in an attempt to discover the meaning of the word. An examination is made of some Old English dictionaries. A detailed report is made of the Dictionary of Old English Project. The reaction of the potential users of the Dictionary of Old English is examined. Using the Microfiche Concordance to Old English a printout is made of all occurrences of raedan. A translation is made of all of the excerpts and an examination made to find the appropriate meanings. The conclusion reached is that r dan means: To read, interpret, learn; to advise, counsel, consult; to decide, resolve, judge, guess; to decree; to govern, rule; to take action against; to possess.