Definitions for interpretɪnˈtɜr prɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•ter•pretɪnˈtɜr prɪt(v.t.)

  1. to give or provide the meaning of; explain; elucidate:

    to interpret a parable.

  2. to construe or understand in a particular way:

    to interpret a reply as favorable.

  3. to translate orally.

  4. to bring out the meaning of (a dramatic work, music, etc.) by performance or execution.

  5. to perform (a song, role in a play, etc.) according to one's own understanding or sensitivity.

  6. (v.i.)to translate what is said in a foreign language.

  7. to explain something; give an explanation.

Origin of interpret:

1350–1400; ME < L interpretārī, der. of interpres, s. interpret- agent, spokesperson, interpreter

in•ter`pret•a•bil′i•ty(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. interpret, construe, see(verb)

    make sense of; assign a meaning to

    "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?"

  2. rede, interpret(verb)

    give an interpretation or explanation to

  3. interpret, render(verb)

    give an interpretation or rendition of

    "The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully"

  4. represent, interpret(verb)

    create an image or likeness of

    "The painter represented his wife as a young girl"

  5. translate, interpret, render(verb)

    restate (words) from one language into another language

    "I have to translate when my in-laws from Austria visit the U.S."; "Can you interpret the speech of the visiting dignitaries?"; "She rendered the French poem into English"; "He translates for the U.N."

  6. understand, read, interpret, translate(verb)

    make sense of a language

    "She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. interpret(verb)ɪnˈtɜr prɪt

    to translate from one language to another

    She interprets at the European Commission.

  2. interpretɪnˈtɜr prɪt

    to decide or explain what you think sth means

    His painting can be interpreted in many different ways.; to interpret the results of the survey

Wiktionary

  1. interpret(Verb)

    To explain or tell the meaning of; to expound; to translate orally into intelligible or familiar language or terms; to decipher; to define; -- applied especially to language, but also to dreams, signs, conduct, mysteries, etc.; as, to interpret the Hebrew language to an Englishman; to interpret an Indian speech.

  2. interpret(Verb)

    To apprehend and represent by means of art; to show by illustrative representation; as, an actor interprets the character of Hamlet; a musician interprets a sonata; an artist interprets a landscape.

  3. interpret(Verb)

    To act as an interpreter.

  4. Origin: From interpreten, from enterpreter, ( interpréter), from interpretor, past participle interpretatus, from interpres, from inter + -pres, probably the root of pretium; -pres is probably connected with φράζειν, from which φραδή, φράσις; see phrase.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interpret(verb)

    to explain or tell the meaning of; to expound; to translate orally into intelligible or familiar language or terms; to decipher; to define; -- applied esp. to language, but also to dreams, signs, conduct, mysteries, etc.; as, to interpret the Hebrew language to an Englishman; to interpret an Indian speech

  2. Interpret(verb)

    to apprehend and represent by means of art; to show by illustrative representation; as, an actor interprets the character of Hamlet; a musician interprets a sonata; an artist interprets a landscape

  3. Interpret(verb)

    to act as an interpreter

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'interpret' in Verbs Frequency: #455


Translations for interpret

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

interpret(verb)

to translate a speaker's words, while he is speaking, into the language of his hearers

He spoke to the audience in French and she interpreted.

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