What word would you use to refer to "fluency" in reading? The manner which is characterized by your highly infrequent use of dictionaries when reading texts and a good speed. You could say one has a voluminous vocabulary, for example, but it's not exactly what I'm looking for.

Per Lexico, the word fluent can be used to describe productive (speaking, writing), not receptive skills (listening, reading):

1 Able to express oneself easily and articulately.
‘a fluent speaker and writer on technical subjects’

1.1 Able to speak or write a particular foreign language easily and accurately.
‘she became fluent in French and German’

1.2 (of a foreign language) spoken accurately and with facility.
‘he spoke fluent Spanish’

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    Did you look up 'fluent' in the dictionary? Did it not have examples showing that it can be used this way?
    – Astralbee
    Jun 27, 2022 at 14:17
  • I don't think there's a common adjective/adverb comparable to "fluent" or "fluently"; I'd just say "I can read French well."
    – Stuart F
    Jun 27, 2022 at 15:53
  • @Astralbee as per Lexico, the word can be used to describe productive (speaking, writing), not receptive skills (listening, reading) Jun 27, 2022 at 16:19

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You can use fluent reader, read fluently or fluent in reading in the context. There isn't a single word for "fluency in reading" (having the ability to read fluently) akin to articulate for having the ability to speak fluently.

Example usage:

Within weeks, she was a fluent reader.
The Times Literary Supplement

Reading fluency is a type of language fluency along with oral fluency (or speaking fluency), oral reading fluency and written (or compositional fluency). Listening fluency is added in some other contexts or sources.

Reading fluency refers to the link between the recognition of words while reading and reading comprehension, which manifests itself in the speed and accuracy that one is able to read text.

There is the technical term automatic in the automaticity theory in reading but it is used in technical contexts with different meanings. There is also "reading proficiency" under "language proficiency", and some sources say that fluency is a component of it.

A bonus rare word:

vocabularian n. A person considered in regard to the size or impressiveness of his or her vocabulary; a wordsmith. - OED

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