What does interpret mean?

Definitions for interpret
ɪnˈtɜr prɪtin·ter·pret

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. interpret, construe, seeverb

    make sense of; assign a meaning to

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

  2. rede, interpretverb

    give an interpretation or explanation to

  3. interpret, renderverb

    give an interpretation or rendition of

    "The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully"

  4. represent, interpretverb

    create an image or likeness of

    "The painter represented his wife as a young girl"

  5. translate, interpret, renderverb

    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, translateverb

    make sense of a language

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

Wiktionary

  1. interpretverb

    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.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. interpretverb

    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.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. interpretverb

    To act as an interpreter.

    Etymology: 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. Interpretverb

    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. Interpretverb

    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. Interpretverb

    to act as an interpreter

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Interpret

    in-tėr′pret, v.t. to explain the meaning of, to elucidate, unfold, show the purport of: to translate into intelligible or familiar terms.—v.i. to practise interpretation.—adj. Inter′pretable, capable of being explained.—n. Interpretā′tion, act of interpreting: the sense given by an interpreter: the power of explaining: the representation of a dramatic part according to one's conception of it.—adj. Interpretā′tive, collected by or containing interpretation.—adv. Inter′pretātively.—n. Inter′preter, one who explains between two parties: an expounder: a translator. [Fr.,—L. interprerāri, -ātusinterpres, inter, between, -pres, prob. conn. with Gr. phrasis, speech.]

Editors Contribution

  1. interpret

    To understand accurately and easily communication, words, language, instruction and definitions of language.

    She did interpret the questionnaire and responded to the best of her interpretation at that moment of time.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

How to pronounce interpret?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Veena
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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of interpret in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of interpret in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of interpret in a Sentence

  1. Remi Jouty:

    We just have been able to extract a useable audio data file, detailed work will be carried on the file to understand interpret the voices and sounds that can be heard on the file.

  2. Larry Sabato:

    It isn't critical to have every ambassadorship filled, but you want all the major ones filled as quickly as possible, if for no other reason than that, in those countries where there's no American ambassador, it looks as though they're low priority. They interpret it that way.

  3. Hunter Handsfield:

    The notion that there is a risk that they will rebound, to me, makes a certain amount of sense. But it's with that caveat that we really don't know very well how to interpret the data behind those observations.

  4. Eric Green:

    This is precisely how the Fed will interpret this report, even if the numbers here are atrocious. The broader trends are still unquestionably favorable.

  5. President Obama:

    It’s very hard to interpret the motives of this shooter, as we have seen in a host of mass shootings.

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